Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis w/ Parasitology
The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis w/Parasitology is a complete digestive system assessment for overall bowel health. The profile abbreviated CDSA is useful for a wide variety of issues from bloating, gas, bowel pain, constipation and loose stools, to more problematic issues related to inflammatory bowel disease. The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis breaks down the digestive assessment into 3 main categories:
Digestion of Food
The first sections of the CDSA look at normal bacterial levels to see if there are any imbalances. Commensal and dysbiotic flora (bacteria) are also analyzed to identify any potential pathogens. If a bacterial pathogen is detected the lab provides what is called a Bacterial Sensitivity screen to determine what remedy (herbal, supplement or medication) is most effective for the eradication of that bacteria. The same thing applies to the detection of candida as well with a Yeast Sensitivity section to determine the most effective remedy to use against candida.
The second section looks at markers for poor digestion of fats, protein, and plant fibers. A general marker for pancreatic output of enzymes to see if this organ is functioning properly is also analyzed.
The final sections of the CDSA look at markers for inflammation to help differentiate between irritable bowel and inflammatory bowel disease potentials. Also, markers for mucosal immune output of secretory IgA, as well as blood, pH, and stool consistency are evaluated too.
Overall, the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis w/Parasitology is an excellent lab test to fully analyze a variety of markers for digestive function. Many times doing the CDSA along with the Organic Acid Test from Great Plains Laboratory helps to further define imbalances in the digestive system that can contribute to poor health.