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A 41-year-old female asked:

how does one get tested for bacteria/fungus in the bloodstream does it get tested in a reg lab or does a pathologist in a infectious disease lab test?

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Dr. Gabriel Purice
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Blood cultures: Will detect if one has a bacterial blood stream infection or fungal. Any microbiology lab( infectious disease) in any hospital can run this test.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Wrong question: Care for your symptoms begins with history, exam, understanding the details. Blood cultures, by hospital or commercial labs, are useful when the DR knows what she is looking for. Contamination and false positives are routine. Blood cultures are useful in a context of the main diagnosis.

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Last updated Oct 11, 2014

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