Faecal Multiplex PCR testing

Abbott Pathology offers Faecal Multiplex PCR testing for the detection of ten major enteric pathogens.

Detects Salmonella sp, Campylobacter sp, Shigella sp, Yersinia enterocolitica, Aeromonas sp, Giardia sp, Entamoeba histolytica, Dientamoeba sp, Blastocystis sp and Cryptosporidium sp.


  Faecal Multiplex PCR Doctor Information Sheet

Why Request Faecal PCR?

  • Superior sensitivity for detection of the most common enteric protozoans and bacteria

  • Improved turnaround times.

Advantage to the patient

  1. Correct and rapid diagnosis can be made, therefore, this allows for:
      1. Early and timely institution of therapy.
      2. All five protozoa can be successfully treated with a range of anti-protozoal drugs.
      3. Presumptive therapy for enteric bacterial infections can be initiated if clinically indicated awaiting formal susceptibilities following culture.
  2. Timely reporting of food-borne diseases and the prevention of additional cases in outbreak setting.

Does the patient still require Faeces microscopy, culture and sensitivity (MCS) examination?

Yes, the Multiplex PCR detects ten faecal pathogens namely Salmonella sp, Campylobacter sp, Shigella sp, Yersinia enterocolitica, Aeromonas spGiardia sp, Entamoeba histolytica, Dientamoeba sp, Blastocystis sp and Cryptosporidium sp.

Therefore, MCS is required for:

  1. Detection of infection by a protozoan or other parasites and enteric bacteria that is not covered by the Multiplex PCR.
  2. Culture for bacterial pathogens aids in identification to the species or serovar level and the generation of an antimicrobial susceptibility profile. 

For Further information

Please contact the Abbott Pathology Marketing Department on (08) 8159 7900.