Lab Test : Stool for White Blood Cells (WBC)

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Alternate:WBCs in stool; Wright Stain for WBCs
Includes:Stain and microscopic examination for WBCs
Department:Microbiology
Phone:(937) 641-3902
SQ Code:STWB
Available:Daily 24 hours. Test performed on first shift only
Turnaround:24 hours
Specimen:Fresh stool
Volume:1 culturette
Container:Culturette or clean container
Temperature:Room temperature
Rejection:N/A
Normal:WBC's not increased
Uses:Identify the presence of WBC's which are often increased in bacterial infection
Limitations:Gram stain is not as sensitive as culture. Some viral infections may also cause increased WBC's in the stool. The absence of WBC's does not necessarily rule out bacterial infection.
Method:Microscopic stained
 

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