Useful For: Lactoferrin, Quantitative, Stool – The lactoferrin IBD-scan is a quantitative enzyme linked immunosorbent assay for measuring concentrations of fecal lactoferrin, a marker for leukocytes. An elevated level is an indicator of intestinal inflammation. The test can be used as an in vitro diagnostic aid to distinguish patients with active Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) from those with non-inflammatory irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Methodology: Immunoassay (IA)
Preferred volume 1.0 g stool (minimum volume 0.3 g). Collect undiluted feces in clean, dry, sterile leak-proof container. Do not add fixative or preservative. Patients may collect stool and hold at room temperature until it can be properly frozen. The time held at room temperature must not exceed 48 hours from time of collection.
Specimens can be delivered to patient service center (PSC) or physician’s office for freezing and delivery to the laboratory. Once specimen has been frozen, do not thaw.
Analytical Time: 4 days
Days Set Up: Monday, Wednesday, Friday