Diagnostic Testing > Comprehensive Stool Assessment (CSA)
A comprehensive stool assessment helps assess and determine digestive and absorptive function, the presence of opportunistic pathogens and to monitor treatment response. Furthermore, this test not only studies the presence of pathogenic species, but also determines the treatment response to pharmaceutical and natural treatment agents. This test also determines how well the body is digesting by testing fecal levels of elastase, fat, muscle & vegetable fibers and carbohydrates. Inflammatory markers like lysozyme, lactoferrin, white blood cells and mucus are also evaluated in this test.
Comprehensive stool assessment is beneficial for patients with:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
- Autoimmune diseases
- Joint pain
- Irritable bowel disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Skin conditions: chronic acne, eczema, and psoriasis
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Leaky gut syndrome
Determine digestive dysfunction is important as impairment can lead to the development of diseases. This test determines what digestive dysfunction is occurring and helps create an individualized, thorough treatment plan, like removal of the pathogens, supplementation of stomach acid, enzymes and probiotics, and repairing the inner lining.
Dr. Swalah, ND is aware of the importance of proper hormonal function and uses additional diagnostic testing to understand what hormones are imbalanced, by how much and which other hormonal pathways are being implicated. By testing, we are removing the guesswork and creating the best treatment protocol. By testing, we are diving deep into understanding what the root cause is and addressing it, rather than just alleviating the signs and symptoms.
Here is a sample report for cortisol assessment:
Hormone testing may or may not be required. Consult a naturopath to learn if this is needed for you.
Disclaimer: Dr. Swalah ND requires a thorough, one-hour health assessment before further diagnostic tests are deemed necessary.