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Causes of an Elevated Fecal Calprotectin or Lactoferrin

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Gastroenterology

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Description:

Calprotectin and lactoferrin are proteins within the cytoplasm of neutrophils. Elevation of fecal calprotectin or lactoferrin can be seen in many conditions associated with inflammation of the bowel wall. While a low value supports a diagnosis of irritable bowel disorder (IBS) an elevated value is somewhat nonspecific.

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