A stool culture test helps to understand and treat problems associated with gastrointestinal tract or digestive tract. There are various reasons a person might experience uncomfortable digestive symptoms.
A stool culture test is done to ascertain the presence or absence of the following bacteria:
If the person has recently travelled abroad, the laboratory technician may also check for
Escherichia coli 0157: H7
Procedure of the stool routine test
The doctor will give the patient a clean and small container to collect a sample of the poop. Then the sample will be sent to the laboratory for a test within 1 hour of collecting it.
Why get tested?
A stool routine test is performed to diagnose the infections of the digestive tract which can cause uncomfortable symptoms. In rare cases, these bacteria can be life-threatening. This test helps the doctor to identify the cause of the uncomfortable symptoms which might lead to life-threatening medical conditions. These symptoms include:
Nausea and vomiting
Blood in the stool
Abdominal pain and cramping
Severe diarrhea along with frequent need to urinate every 30 minutes
This test includes
Form & Consistency
Worms ( Adult/Segment)
Red Blood Cells
Don’t use hands to collect the sample
While collecting the sample, make sure that no pieces that are slimy, watery or bloody, are collected
Don’t let the pee mix with the stool
Wash the hands well with soap and water before picking the sample
Inform the doctor about the on-going medications as they may affect the results of the test