A stool culture test is done if a patient is having stomach problems. A stool culture test is basically a series of test which is done on the basis of a stool sample to check or diagnose medical conditions which may affect the digestive tract. Such health conditions might occur because of an infection, poor nutrient absorption in the body. The diagnosis helps the doctor to identify disease and also find the main cause of the symptoms which might be affecting the liver, digestive tract and pancreas. It is also used for the screening of colon cancer.
Why get tested?
A stool culture test is done to check if a patient is having any kind of stomach problem. Patient with digestive problems, diarrhea, stomach pain, cramping, constipation, and nausea should go for the test as it can be because of the problem in the digestive tract. The doctor usually prescribes a few medicines as per the health condition of the patient.
This test includes
Culture & Sensitivity, Aerobic bacteria Stool
One should stop taking medicines 1-2 weeks before the test. The patient should also inform the doctor about the on-going medications and past treatments, if any.
Women should not go for this test during the menstrual period. The doctor might ask the patient to avoid certain food items.
People who have been traveling lately for few days or week should also inform the doctor about it as it can help the doctor to examine or look for the fungi or bacteria which is causing the problem and maybe specific to the region of travel.