Calprotectin in stool (faeces)

Information regarding examination for calprotectin in stool.

This pamphlet provides information on how to collect a stool sample for the faecal calprotectin test.

The picture show to tubes for stool sample.
One of these test tubes can be used to collect the stool sample.

Why do I need the test?

The level of calprotectin in your stool needs to be tested. Calprotectin is used to diagnose stomach pains and diarrhea.
A high level of Calprotectin indicates an inflammation somewhere in the intestinal tract. For example, chronic inflammation in the intestine.
It is important that you follow these guidelines, so we obtain correct results.

Preparation

  • You may eat and drink as usual and take your regular medication. However, you may not use any laxatives whatsoever (this includes linseed, Mikrolax, paraffin oil or castor oil) or any digestive enzymes (e.g. Pancrease, Pankreatin or Pankreon, unless otherwise agreed with your doctor) 48 hours up to collecting the stool sample.

How to collect a stool sample

Together with this pamphlet, you have received a test tube with your name on it, a transport container and an envelope.

  • Place some toilet paper in the toilet, or use the material provided by the outpatient department.
  • Collect samples from three different areas in the stool and place them in the test tube.
  • Fill the tube to the line marked “Fyld højst hertil” (do not fill the tube beyond this mark) or fill the tube halfway.
  • The stool sample must not contain urine.
  • Seal the lid tightly.
  • Write the date on the name label on the test tube.
  • Place the test tube in the grey transport container and close it.
  • Place the container in the envelope provided.
  • Hand in the envelope to the prøvetagningsambulatorie (outpatient test department) at either Amager or Hvidovre hospital or to your general practitioner.
  • The sample must be handed in/sent on the same day as it was collected. You should hand in/send the sample on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • You can send the envelope via post but make sure it is for next day delivery. Remember to postmark the envelope.
  • Do not place the envelope in a red mailbox, they are only emptied twice a week.

Test results

You will usually receive the test results at your next appointment. If you are hospitalized, you will receive the results during rounds.

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