Test for 7 pathogens and 2 toxins at once—so you can move to optimal treatment faster

Our GI pathogen panel tests for multiple causes of infectious diarrhea with the speed and accuracy of molecular testing to help you optimize treatment.

About Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel, Real-Time PCR

Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel, Real-Time PCR is a qualitative, culture-independent nucleic acid test for the simultaneous detection of 9 possible causes of infectious diarrhea.

  • Qualitative, culture-independent nucleic acid test
  • Detects 7 pathogens and 2 toxins—5 bacteria, 2 viruses, and 2 bacterial (Shiga) toxin-related genes—from a single test
  • Requires only a single sample, using the same transport tube used for stool culture
  • Turnaround time of 24-72 hours
  • Follows Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) testing guidelines1,2
 
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Why test?

Infectious diarrhea is a growing problem that may require testing. In the US alone, it is responsible for 179 million outpatient visits, nearly 500,000 hospitalizations, and >5,000 deaths annually.1

  • For some pathogens, an organism-specific diagnosis is required1
  • Inflammatory diarrhea may be more severe and require more than simple hydration for the patient
  • Early diagnosis of an acute episode of diarrhea can lead to alleviation of symptoms and prevent secondary transmission
 
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Culture versus CIDT

For infectious diarrhea, guidelines support the use of culture or culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs) for the etiologic pathogens of highest prevalence in the United States.1,2

There are important differences, however:

  • Traditional culture-based tests are manual, slow, therefore time consuming, and inconclusive in determining the cause(s) of infectious diarrhea.2
  • CIDTs such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) may provide a more automated and quick alternative to culture-based methods.2
  • PCR testing appears to be rapid, sensitive, and specific in determining the cause(s) of infectious diarrhea.2
 
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Determine a course of action with the help of our GI pathogen panel

Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel, Real-Time PCR from Quest tests for 7 pathogens and 2 toxins as recommended by IDSA guidelines, so you can optimize treatment sooner.

Test Name

Test Codea

CPT Code(s)b

Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel, Real-Time PCR (see above for more information)

Includes Campylobacter Group, Salmonella Species, Shigella Species, Vibrio Group, Yersinia enterocolitica, Shiga toxin 1, Shiga toxin 2, Norovirus GI/GII, and Rotavirus A

38470

87506

Bacteria
Campylobacter, Culture

4475

87046

Campylobacter species Antigen, EIA

16302

87449

Clostridium difficile Toxin B, Qualitative, Real-Time PCR

16377

87493

Clostridium difficile Toxin/GDH with Reflex to PCR

91664

87449, 87324 and 87493, if performed

Escherichia coli O157, Culture

8631

87046

Lactoferrin, Qualitative, Stool

10156

83630

Helicobacter pylori, Antigen, EIA, Stool

34838

87338

Helicobacter pylori, Urea Breath Test

14839

83013

Helicobacter pylori, Urea Breath Test, Pediatric

92491

83013

Salmonella/Shigella/Campylobacter, Culture and Shiga Toxin with Reflex to E. coli O157, Culture

10108

87427, 87046 if performed

Salmonella and Shigella, Culture

10019

87045

Shiga Toxins, EIA with Reflex to E. coli O157, Culture

30264

87329, 87177, if performed and 87209, if performed

Vibrio, Culture

4489

87046

Yersinia, Culture

4487

87046

Viruses
Adenovirus, Qualitative, Real-Time PCR

16046

87798

Norovirus, EIA, Stool

15544

87449

Norovirus RNA, Qualitative Real-Time PCR

19098

87798

Rotavirus Antigen Detection

706

87425

Parasites
Cryptosporidium Antigen, EIA

90389

87328

Cryptosporidium Antigen, DFA

37213

87015, 87272

Cyclospora and Isospora Examination

10018

87015, 87207

Entamoeba histolytica Antigen, EIA

34964

87337

Giardia Antigen, EIA, Stool

8625

87329

Giardia Antigen with Reflex to Ova and Parasites

17297

87329, 87177, 87209

Giardia and Cryptosporidium Antigen Panel

39480

87015, 87272, 87329

Ova and Parasites, Concentrate and Permanent Smear

681

87177, 87209

Ova and Parasites, Concentrate and Permanent Smear, 2 Specimens

6653

87177 (x2), 87209 (x2)

Ova and Parasites, Concentrate and Permanent Smear, 3 Specimens

6652

87177 (x3), 87209 (x3)

a Test codes may vary by location. Please contact your local laboratory or go to QuestDiagnostics.com/TestCenter for more information.

b The CPT codes provided are based on American Medical Association guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed. Reflex tests will be performed at an additional charge. Panel components can be ordered separately.

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References

  1. Shane AL, Mody RK, Crump JA, et al. 2017 Infectious Diseases Society of America clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of infectious diarrhea. Clin Infect Dis. 2017;65(12):1963-73.
  2. Riddle MS, DuPont HL, Connor BA. ACG clinical guideline: diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of acute diarrheal infections in adults. Am J Gastroenterol. 2016;111(5):602-22.