Parasitology Profile – Stool (Test Code 2015)

Faecal parasitology tests for parasites that cause gastroenteritis infections such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Entamoeba.


Cryptosporidium (EIA), Giardia lamblia EIA, Entamoeba histolytica EIA; other parasites (visual detection)

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Cryptosporidiosis is a type of gastroenteritis (gastro) caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidiosis occurs when the parasites are taken in by mouth through eating contaminated food and water or, more commonly, from person to person or animal to person. The disease may be mild but can be serious for people with a weakened immune system. Outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis have been associated with child care centres, public swimming pools and contaminated water supplies.

Giardiasis is a form of gastroenteritis caused by the parasite Giardia lamblia. It can lead to diarrhoea, fatigue and weight loss, although many people do not develop any symptoms at all. Giardiasis can be spread by contaminated drinking water. It can also be spread by faecal contamination of public water supplies or recreational swimming areas such as pools and spas.

Entamoeba histolytica is a type of gastroenteritis.  Most infections are asymptomatic but occasionally clinically important intestinal or extra-intestinal disease may result.  Intestinal disease varies from an acute form with diarrhoea which may be bloody and associated fever and abdominal discomfort (amoebic dysentery) to mild abdominal discomfort with diarrhoea containing blood or mucus alternating with periods of constipation or remission.

Common Conditions:

  • Bloating
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Fever
  • Acute or chronic diarrhoea
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Ssteatorrhoea





NutriPATH practices in the usual practitioner-referral system for pathology laboratories. Patients are highly recommended to seek the supervision and guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner for the interpretation of any lab results and associated information. NutriPATH can offer assistance in locating a suitable practitioner.



Cryptosporidium (EIA)
Giardia lamblia EIA
Entamoeba histolytica EIA
other parasites (visual detection)