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Fecal Calprotectin, Stool

Alternate test name

Lab area
Clinical Biochemistry - General
Method and equipment

Chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA), Diasorin Liason XL

Expected turn-around time
10 days
Specimen type

Stool sample (10 g) - approximately walnut in size

Specimen requirements
  • Stool - no preservatives or fixatives
  • Specimens that have been collected or stored in 10% formalin, SAF, or PVA fixatives are not acceptable.
  • Use of Carey-Blair transport medium is not acceptable.
Storage and transportation
  • Samples are stable at 2-8 C for 3 days.
  • If samples are not tested within 3 days, shipping and storage at -20 C is required.
Shipping information
The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
555 University Avenue, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-7200
Toll Free: 1-855-381-3212
Hours: 7 days/week, 24 hours/day
Background and clinical significance

Clinical Indications:

  • Assessment of suspected gastrointestinal tract inflammation
  • differential diagnosis of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), when considered in the context of other diagnostic procedures.
  • Monitoring of IBD activity
Disease condition

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn's, ulcerative colitis

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