Stool test is an examination of the stool (feces) for the presence of harmful intestinal bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Stool provides a lot of information about digestive health and can easily be examined by a laboratory.
A stool test is the best method to investigate the cause of intestinal problems. In some cases, this can lead to the determination of the cause of chronic intestinal symptoms or irritable bowel syndrome. With a stool test, intestinal flora can be measured, harmful bacteria, fungi and parasites be detected and food intolerances be discovered.
Stool is the waste that the body produces. Yet stool can provide a lot of information about the condition of the body, especially in the intestines. If there are inflammations, infections or allergies, that cause symptoms in the stomach, small intestine or large intestine, these can be detected with this examination. Specialized laboratories can identify the cause of (chronic) intestinal symptoms by means of fecal analyses.
The stool is collected in a sterile plastic jar and then examined in a laboratory. The result of the examination, depending on the type of examination, takes one day to several weeks.