An elevated faecal calprotectin can indicate gastrointestinal inflammation and specialist review is recommended to establish the need for further investigations as soon as possible. Delays in diagnosis are best avoided.
If you have had a stool test done which shows a raised faecal calprotectin, your appointment will be triaged as priority.
Faecal calprotectin testing is a useful test for doctors trying to distinguish between inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and non-inflammatory bowel diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Faecal Calprotectin may also be elevated in patients who have gastrointestinal tract (GIT) infections, GIT malignancies, food allergies, are taking certain drugs, or who have GIT diseases other than IBD.