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Stool Culture Test

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Overview


What is Stool Culture Test?

Stool culture is a test used to examine the presence of any micro organisms in the stool or feces to identify the cause of any gastrointestinal distress.


Why is Stool Culture Test done?

  1. If your doctor suspects any stomach or intestinal infection
  2. If you experience signs or symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, fever for a long time 
  3. If you have severe symptoms such as extreme dehydration, or have diarrhea from traveling to another country.

 



Interpreting Stool Culture Test results


Interpretations

  • A positive result means that there is growth of particular micro organsim in the stool sample, which indicates an infection with that organsim 
  • A negative result means that there are no abnormal organisms present in the stool sample



Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Stool Culture Test


Frequently Asked Questions about Stool Culture Test

Q. Does normal stool contains bacteria?
Yes, our gastrointestinal system is home to millions of bacteria. These bacteria help us in digestion. Hence, they are called good bacteria. Sometimes, due to contamination other infectious bacteria enter our bodies causing infection.

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