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What is a stool test

A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
38 years experience Pathology
Stool exam parasites: Stool samples for parasites are examined by a variety of techniques, but the sensitivity depends mostly on the level of infection (heavy vs. light) an ... Read More

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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
38 years experience Pathology
Vague: First provide as complete a story and data to your doctor. It may be trivial, or possibly significant. Please re-ask your question with more informati ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Please clarify: dozens of different tests can be done each with many possible results and meanings. It is your right to get an explanation now.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Usually: You do not need to fill the container. As long as there is a decent amount you should be fine.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Stool test: It depends what the stool test is for, but it can be kept in the fridge for some time before it is trasported to the lab for testing.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Likely more testing: The best place to check is with the lab. They should be able to outline the difference between the 2 tests and give you a list of the tests being done ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes, minimally so: Yes, but may be equivocal. Depends on the circumstance, diet, etc. Worth repeating. If patient is at risk for colon polyps or cancer, by age, famil ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Usually: There are several different stool tests that can evaluate for occult blood.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
See a doctor: A physical exam will be the best way to determine the source of the pain.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Less than one: Pus cells are not present in normal stool.
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