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- n. A calcium-binding protein that also functions as a cell growth inhibitory factor; its measurement in faeces is a test for inflammatory bowel disease
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Screening with faecal calprotectin reduced the number of endoscopies by 67% in adults and
"If studies conducted in primary care find a high diagnostic accuracy of the faecal calprotectin test it will be an important step forward in how inflammatory bowel disease is diagnosed," he writes.
So researchers based in the Netherlands set out to determine whether faecal calprotectin can serve as a screening test to limit the number of people undergoing invasive endoscopy.
Fecal calprotectin for screening of patients with suspected inflammatory bowel disease: diagnostic meta-analysis
They analysed the results of six adult (670 patients) and seven child studies (371 patients) comparing faecal calprotectin with endoscopy in patients with suspected inflammatory bowel disease.
Measuring calprotectin levels (a protein found in inflammatory cells) in stools could be a good screening test, but its accuracy is largely unknown.
Despite some differences in the design and quality of the studies, they conclude that faecal calprotectin is a useful screening tool for identifying patients who are most likely to need endoscopic evaluation for suspected inflammatory bowel disease.