What is calprotectin and how do you test for that? Blood test?Calprotectin is a stool (fecal) test that is used to detect inflammation in the intestines.
There's a few different inflammation tests they can do for us:
1.) Calprotectin is a stool (fecal) test that is used to detect inflammation in the intestines. You turn in a poop sample and they can tell how much inflammation you have.
2.) Alternatively, you can get a C-reactive protein blood test. The level of C-reactive protein (CRP), which can be measured in your blood, increases when there's inflammation in your body. CRP is body-wide inflammation.
3.) Alternatively, you can have endoscopy like a colonoscopy or flexible-sigmoidoscopy. This is the most accurate method, like having 20/20 vision on the problem. It's also a figurative and literal pain in the ass.
Order of accuracy is endoscopy is best, FCP is second, and CRP is last in accuracy. As an FYI: FCP and CRP aren't the best at measuring very small and limited areas of mild inflammation (can return normal).
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