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how long do blood cultures take?

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Dr. Adam King
Dr. Adam King answered
14 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
24-48 hours: When blood cultures are taken, they are put into a machine that looks for bacteria growing. Most hospitals have machines that constantly are looking for growth. As soon as they turn positive, the machine alerts a technician and the alert goes out to the doctor. Most physicians consider 24-48 hours a reasonable time frame.
Answered on May 27, 2017
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