Understanding xTAG Pathogen Testing

Gastroenteritis Is A Serious Global Problem

Globally, there are an estimated two billion cases of diarrheal disease every year which kill approximately 1.8 million people annually. Diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death and the leading cause of malnutrition in children under five years old.1

Diarrheal disease inflicts a significant toll on the health care system and imparts a high degree of morbidity and mortality in select populations. In 2010, the U.S. national bill for the 237,000+ patients suffering from gastrointestinal infections was over $6 billion. Due to similar symptoms it is difficult to differentiate among viral, bacterial and parasitic agents. Hence, about 80% of all cases of diarrhea currently go unidentified, often resulting in inappropriate treatment. It is both preventable and treatable.

Transforming GI Diagnostics

Fast, Comprehensive Results

Can detect and identify ≥ 90% of the causative bacterial, viral and parasitic agents of gastroenteritis in the same day.

A variety of bacterial, viral, and parasitic organisms
may cause infectious gastroenteritis.

Same Day Results for 14 of the Most Common
Causes of Infectious Diarrhea

Simple Detection Process

One test provides answers for 14 common pathogens. This eliminate the hassle of managing multiple samples and testing methods.


xTAG® Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel (GPP)

Now you can test for key bacteria, viruses, and parasites - same day with a single test

xTAG® GPP is a qualitative molecular multiplex test intended for the simultaneous detection and identification of multiple gastrointestinal pathogens including bacteria, viruses, and parasites. The assay uses the proprietary Luminex xTAG® Technology and the xMAP® Technology platform to detect multiple targets in a single sample. xTAG GPP can detect agents that can cause Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) such as C. difficult or norovirus, food-borne illness agents like E. coli or Salmonella, and common causes of diarrhea in infants and in children 5 years old and younger, such as rotavirus A, Campylobacter and Shigella.

xTAG Gastrointestinal Pathogen
Product Description

The only highly-scalable gastrointestinal molecular test with customizable detection of bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens to rule out infectious diarrhea. xTAG GPP has been validated on both raw stool and Cary-Blair media clinical specimens.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask the doctor, GI nurse, or the technician.


Dr. Bhandari has staff privileges at the
following hospitals and health centers:

Monday, Wednesday
& every other Thursday

Tuesday, Friday
& every other Thursday

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other Thursday

Every other Friday

Every other Friday

Dr. Bhandari uses Miraca Life Sciences, the leader in providing
academic-caliber pathology services in the fields of dermatopathology,
GI pathology, hematopathology and urologic pathology.

Miraca Life Sciences Gastrointestinal Pathology Services

Dr. Bhandari uses GI Pathology, who provide the highest quality
GI pathology diagnoses, performed by fellowship-trained
gastrointestinal and liver pathologists. 


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Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

616 South Washington | Bastrop, LA 71220 | PH: 318 283-3990