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This test is intended for the detection of hemoglobin from blood in fecal specimens. This test is designed for preliminary screening. A positive result should be followed up with additional diagnostic procedures, such as colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, to determine the exact cause and source of the blood in the feces.
A negative result can be obtained even when a gastrointestinal disorder is present. For example, some polyps and colorectal cancers may bleed intermittently or not at all during certain stages of disease. False-negative results may occur when occult blood is not uniformly distributed throughout the stool.
Repeat testing is recommended if a pathological condition is suspected. Urine and excessive dilution of specimens with water from the toilet bowl may cause erroneous results. For best results, use the collection paper in the collection kit.
Alcohol and certain medications, such as aspirin, indomethacin, reserpine, phenylbutazone, corticosteroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may cause gastrointestinal irritation and subsequent bleeding in some patients.
Fasting is not required for this test. Take all medications as prescribed.
The laboratory services are for informational purposes only. It is not the intention of National Diagnostics, Inc and Life Extension to provide specific medical advice but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health. Specific medical advice including diagnosis and treatment will not be provided. Always seek the advice of a trained health professional for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Both the physician and the testing laboratory are independent contractors with whom National Diagnostics, Inc makes arrangements for your blood tests. Neither National Diagnostics, Inc or Life Extension will be liable for any acts or omissions of the physician, the testing laboratory, or their agents or employees.