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Stool Examination R/M

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Stool
This test is for
Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. No special preparation required

Overview


What is Stool Examination R/M?

       It is a test done on a stool sample to help diagnose certain conditions affecting the digestive tract. These conditions include infections such as those with bacteria, viruses or parasites or cancer. 

Why is Stool Examination R/M done?

  1. If you have symptoms suggesting disease of the digestive tract like prolonged diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever
  2. If there is a suspicion of infection with  parasites in the intestine like amoeba, giardia etc. 
  3. To screen for colon cancer by checking the hidden or occolt blood 
  4. To check for poor absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract (malabsorption syndromes)

Interpreting Stool Examination R/M results


Interpretations

  • High levels of fat in the stool may be caused by diseases such as pancreatitis, celiac disease or other disorders that affect the absorption of fat 
  • Presence of ova in the stools indicate that there are parasites in the GIT 
  • Blood in the stool may be caused by bleeding in the digestive tract as in colon cancer
  • White blood cells in the stool may be due to inflammation of the intestines such as ulcerative colitis 
  • Rotaviruses are a common cause of diarrhea in young children. If diarrhea is present, testing may be done to look for rotaviruses in the stool 

Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Stool Examination R/M


Frequently Asked Questions about Stool Examination R/M

Q. How should I collect my stool sample?
Urinate before collecting the stool. Put on gloves before handling your stool. Pass stool into a dry container. Place the lid over the container, label it with your name and send it to the lab.

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