Lab Test : Stool Culture Routine

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Includes:Isolation of Salmonella, Shigella, Enteropathogenic E. coli, E.coli 0157:H7 Aeromonas, Plesiomonas, Campylobacter and overgrowth of Staphylococcus, Candida and Pseudomonas. Susceptibility included if warranted. EIA for Shiga-toxin producing bacteria.
Phone:(937) 641-3902
Available:Daily, 24 hours
Turnaround:Preliminary report at 1 day. No growth and normal flora cultures are finalized at 2 to 3 days, positives as identified.
Specimen:Stool in Carey-Blair media-Orange capped Para-Pak Vial. (Minimum 1 gram of stool)
Container:Cary-Blair transport container preferred
Temperature:Fresh stool - Transport as soon as possible or
24 Hr at Room Temperature
Carey-Blair media - 24 hours at Room Temperature,
72 hours in Refrigerator
Culturette - 24 hours at Room Temperature,
24 hours in Refrigerator
Normal:Normal fecal flora.
Uses:Identify microorganisms that may cause infection.
Limitations:Antibiotic therapy may inhibit growth. Refrigeration may lower pH and kill pathogens. Multiple specimens must be separate bowel movements, preferably 24 hours apart. Generally, no more than two specimens are required to identify bacterial infection.

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