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