Stool Culture Test
Test Code: 008144
Specimen Type: Stool
Stool Culture Test
The Stool Culture Test is used to detect the presence of disease-causing bacterial organisms in the stool and aid in the diagnosis of Typhoid Fever, Enteric Fever, Bacillary Dysentery, and Salmonella infection. This test is most commonly used to aid in the diagnosis of digestive tract infection when someone is experiencing chronic diarrhea. If culture results warrant, additional susceptibility testing may be performed at no additional cost. Repeat testing on multiple specimens may be necessary for the most accurate identification of bacterial pathogens.
The stool culture includes:
- E Coli Shiga Toxin
This test is typically ordered when a person is showing symptoms of a digestive tract infection, especially if they have recently ingested food or water which may have been contaminated, undercooked meat, raw eggs, or the same food as someone else who has become ill. Common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever.
A stool culture is often ordered with an Ova and Parasite Stool Test.
Turnaround time for this test is typically 3-4 business days.
Where can I find a Stool Culture Test near me?
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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.
Stool sample: Go to the draw site to obtain a specimen container and collection instructions. Specimens should be delivered to the lab no later than 24 hours after collection.
If this test is being ordered along with any other blood and/or urine medical testing, it is recommended you have the specimen(s) for your other tests collected at the same time you bring the stool specimen to the draw site.