2206-Fecal Lactoferrin



Fecal Lactoferrin is an indicator of active intestinal inflammation. However, non-inflammatory diarrhea caused by irritable bowel syndrome, small intestinal viral infections, non-invasive parasitic infections, or other etiologies may still be present even in the absence of lactoferrin. This can be seen in such conditions as bacterial or parasitic colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, or other inflammatory processes. Because lactoferrin is naturally present in breast milk, it has also been observed in the stool of breastfeeding infants. Bovine sources of lactoferrin are undetectable in this test.