Parasitology testing evaluates stool for the presence of ova, parasites and levels of beneficial flora, imbalanced flora, possible pathogenic viruses and bacteria. Such testing can help reveal hidden causes behind acute or chronic conditions that develop from parasitic infections or dysbiosis. Specimens are carefully analyzed by highly trained technicians using new staining procedures and advanced multiplex polymerase chain reaction(PCR) and immunoassay techniques. These accurate detection methods allow for increased detection rates, increasing the awareness of the important relationship between parasitic infection and a broad spectrum of illnesses and diseases.
These tests are ideal for patients with sudden changes in bowel pattern, especially for those who have been traveling abroad or camping. The increase in worldwide travel, coupled with increasing immigration to the United States, contributes to the spread and incidence of parasitic infections. In addition, parasitic infections are commonly transmitted through fecally contaminated food, water, or other materials within this country.