Stool contains bacteria from the normal flora of the digestive tract. Finding bacteria in stool samples is therefore expected. Certain bacterial strains however cause infections that give rise to symptoms of varying intensity, such as diarrhea. Stool cultures help identify the bacteria responsible and effectively treat the infection.
In addition to identifying bacteria, stool cultures are used to identify infection-causing parasites and protozoa.
This test is prescribed to patients whose symptoms seem to be caused by an intestinal infection. By determining the agent responsible, the diagnosis can be confirmed and appropriate treatment can be initiated.
Caregivers will help collect samples from bedridden patients. It is recommended that they comply with the following instructions:
An abnormal result means that an infection-causing strain has been identified.
Certain factors may influence test results, including:
Before going for a blood test, examination or other, it is always a good idea for you to have a complete list of all prescription or over the counter medications and/or natural products you may be taking. If you are unsure or have any questions, your pharmacist will be able provide you with additional information.
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