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Microbiomix Stool Analysis Profile - Genova Test Kit

The Microbiomix Stool Analysis Profile detects pathogenic or potentially pathogenic organisms such as parasites, bacteria, and yeast in a stool sample to assess the complete gut microbiome.


Test Code: GD2220

Also Known As: Microbiomix

Methodology:

Preparation:

Ship collection kits Monday through Friday only. No fasting is required. Before beginning the test, wait at least four weeks from colonoscopy or barium enema. If possible, take medications or supplements after collection. Check with your physician before stopping medications.

Test Results:

17 business days once the lab receives the specimen. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.

Description

What is the Gut Microbiome?

The gut microbiome consists of microorganisms known as microbes and their genetic material that are located in the intestinal tract. Examples of microbes include tiny organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. The microbiome contains both beneficial and potentially harmful (pathogenic) microbes. Most microbes are helpful or healthy and play an essential role in many bodily functions. However, some microbes are pathogenic and can lead to infections or diseases. 

 

Usually, the body's immune system helps keep a balance of helpful and pathogenic bacteria in the body's normal human flora. However, if the immune system or "helpful" bacteria is compromised or weakened, pathogenic bacteria become elevated and spread, causing the individual to be more susceptible to disease.

 

What is the purpose of this test?

Order this Microbiomix Stool Analysis detects pathogenic or potentially pathogenic organisms such as parasites, bacteria, and yeast in a stool sample to assess the complete gut microbiome. Genova developed the Microbiomix Stool Analysis by partnering with Microba, a platform with world-leading technology in metagenomic analysis and interpretation. Microba's extensive organism library containing 28,000 species with regular updates enables Genova to provide improved species identification from samples. 

 

Additionally, the Microbiomix Stool Analysis provides insight into the complete gut microbiome by offering the following:

 

  • Increased species detection
  • Deeper insight into the microbiome's function by assessing the genetic potential to form unique metabolites such as hexa-LPS, TMA, histamine, vitamin production, etc.
  • Shannon Diversity Index
  • Specific, actionable recommendations to help improve microbiome health

 

Accurate identification of potentially pathogenic species allows healthcare providers to choose an appropriate targeted treatment to resolve an infection. Targeted therapies such as antimicrobial, dietary, lifestyle, and supplementation interventions help to improve symptoms by controlling infections and preventing them from spreading.

 

When should I order a Microbiomix Stool Analysis?

The Microbiomix Stool Analysis helps evaluate patients with a clinical history representative of a gastrointestinal infection or dysbiosis. Individuals may use this profile to assess the effectiveness of treatment. Common symptoms associated with gastrointestinal disorders include:

 

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea 

 

Additionally, due to the gut microbiome's impact on overall health, microbiome testing may also be ideal for patients with the following health conditions:

 

  • Allergies or asthma
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Mood disorders (i.e., depression)
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Metabolic diseases (i.e., insulin resistance, diabetes)
  • Nutritional deficiencies

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