GI Effects® Comprehensive Profile - 1 day

Test Details

Lab Company: Genova Diagnostics 
Sample Type: Stool 
Collection Location:  At Home

The GI Effects® Comprehensive Profile measures a variety of biomarkers in a patient’s stool to analyze digestive function, intestinal inflammation, and the intestinal microbiome.    

🔑 Key Details 📦 Shipping
Preparation & Timing 📊 Results
🧪 Collection Instructions 📚 More Resources
💳 Requisition & Payment
💬 Questions?

Key Details 

  • Collection can be done at any time during the day.
  • Wait at least 4 weeks from your last colonoscopy or barium enema.
  • Certain medications and supplements should be avoided prior to the test (see below for details).
  • Avoid collecting samples during menstruation.
  • Avoid collecting samples when you have actively bleeding hemorrhoids.
  • Samples can only be shipped Monday through Thursday.
  • Samples must be shipped within 24 hours of the final collection. 
    • Start your sample collection Sunday - Thursday only.

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Preparation & Timing

  • Collection can be done at any time during the day.
  • Wait at least 4 weeks from your last colonoscopy or barium enema.
  • 2 to 4 weeks prior to the test, discontinue antibiotics, antiparasitics, antifungals, and probiotic supplements.
  • 2 weeks prior to the test, discontinue proton pump inhibitors and bismuth if adding on H. pylori test.
  • For 2 days prior to the test, avoid using aspirin and other NSAIDs, rectal suppositories, enemas, activated charcoal, bismuth, betaine HCL, digestive enzymes, antacids, laxatives, mineral oil, castor oil, and bentonite clay.
  • Avoid collecting samples during menstruation.
  • Avoid collecting samples when you have actively bleeding hemorrhoids.
  • Start your sample collection Sunday - Thursday only.

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Collection Instructions

  1. Write your name and date of birth on each tube label.
  2. Place a label on each of the tubes and on the completed test requisition form. 
  3. Urinate prior to collection.
  4. Put on the glove.
  5. Collect your stool sample using the included collection container.
    1. Do not contaminate the sample with urine or water from the toilet.
  6. Remove the cap from the green-top tube.
  7. Transfer the stool sample into the tube using the built-in scoop. 
    1. Collect from different areas of the sample.
    2. NOTE: If a worm is seen, do not place it in the tube with stool. 
      1. Place it in the green-top tube without scooping additional stool. Write "WORM" on the tube.
      2. You can also place the worm in a clean glass jar with rubbing alcohol with no additional stool added to the jar. Write "WORM" on the tube.
      3. Do not mix and mash the sample or shake the tube if there is a worm inside.
      4. Make a note on the requisition form that a worm was seen.
  8. Mix the sample with the liquid in the tube until it is as smooth as possible.
    1. Make sure that the liquid and sample do not exceed the FILL LINE.
  9. Screw the cap on tightly.
  10. Shake tube for 30 seconds.
  11. Place the tube in the biohazard bag and refrigerate. Refrigerate tube until ready to ship. Do not freeze.
  12. Repeat steps 3-11 with the orange-top tube, the pink-top tube, and the white-top tube. 
    1. The white-top tube does not have a liquid in it. 
  13. Peel open the swab package, remove the tube, and place it upright.
    1. The swab should remain in the sleeve until you are ready to collect the sample.
  14. Grasp the swab above the colored line (opposite end from the applicator tip).
  15. Insert the rounded applicator tip of the swab into the stool sample and rotate it. 
  16. Confirm that the swab contains fecal material. If not, repeat step 15.
  17. Open the swab collection tube and insert the swab.
  18. Mash and mix the rounded nylon end of the swab with stool on it against the side of the tube.
  19. Break the swab off at the break point.
  20. Place the screw cap on the tube and tighten.
  21. Shake the tube.
  22. Write the patient’s date of birth on the label and apply it to the tube.
  23. Record the date of collection, stool consistency (refer to kit insert), and stool color on the test requisition form.
  24. Place the swab collection tube in the biohazard bag and refrigerate. Refrigerate tube until ready to ship. Do not freeze.
  25. Dispose of the remaining sample into the toilet.
  26. Put the collection container and the glove in the black disposable bag.
  27. Pack tubes with the provided packing materials in the FedEx Clinical Lab mailer. Ship within 24 hours of collection.

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Requisition & Payment

  • Your kit has been prepaid. You DO NOT need to pay anything extra.
  • Instructions on how to fill out your requisition can be found here (insurance) and here (cash pay).
    • Since you pre-paid for your tests, you do not need to fill in the payment information on any of these forms.

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Shipping

  • Ship samples using the provided, prepaid FedEx Clinical Lab mailer. 
  • Ship samples to the lab within 24 hours of the final collection.
  • Ship only Monday through Thursday. 
  • You can schedule a pickup by calling FedEx at 1-800-463-3339 or visiting www.fedex.com

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Results

  • Results should be released to your provider 7-10 days after samples are received at the lab. We cannot guarantee processing time. 
  • Your provider will notify you when your results are in and schedule a follow-up appointment for you to review them together. 
  • Your provider may choose to release your results to you. Rupa cannot release your results without provider authorization.

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More Resources

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Questions?

For general questions, email Rupa Health at support@rupahealth.com. For test-specific questions, contact Genova Diagnostics by calling 1-800-522-4762 or chatting with support