What Is Stool Testing?

Stool testing is performed on a stool (feces) sample which is collected an analyzed to help diagnose and treat gastrointestinal conditions. Conditions who’s diagnosis can be enabled by a stool test include bacterial, parasitic, or viral infections of gastrointestinal tract, nutrient malabsorption, and gastrointestinal tract cancers.  The stool test and analysis involves visual, microsopic examination, microbiological tests as well as chemical tests to identify any irregularities.