This test looks for the presence of White Blood Cells (WBC) or Leukocytes in a stool sample. White blood cells, which are produced by the body to fight infections, are not typically present in the stool. When white blood cells are present, it can be an indication of conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. White blood cells can also indicate a bacterial infection such as Shigella, C Diff, Salmonella or Cambylobacter.
This test is typically ordered when a person has symptoms of Inflammatory Diarrhea such as fever, blood or mucus in the stool, stomach cramping or loose watery stool.
Additional tests such as a Stool Culture or Ova and Parasite are often order along with or as a follow up to a WBC Stool Test. If test results are negative but symptoms persist, it may be necessary to retest on a new sample.
This test typically sees results in 1-2 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Customers ordering the White Blood Cells, Stool Test should go to the lab to obtain a proper specimen container prior to collection.
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