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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Blood Culture (Overview)

Blood cultures refers to taking a sample of blood and growing in the microbiology laboratory for invasive organisms. Typically blood cultures are used for bacteria but can also be used to try and identify fungal organisms in the blood like yeast.


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What's a blood culture used for?

What's a blood culture used for?

Bacteria in blood: To find out if there is bacteria in your blood. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
79 doctors shared insights

Blood Culture (Overview)

Blood cultures refers to taking a sample of blood and growing in the microbiology laboratory for invasive organisms. Typically blood cultures are used for bacteria but can also be used to try and identify fungal organisms in the blood like yeast.


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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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My child had bloody mucousy stools. I took her to the ER and they tested for c-diff, e coli, blood work and cultures of her stools and blood. C-diff and e-coli were negative. This was sunday.. It is now late wed. And still no answers. What could this be?

My child had bloody mucousy stools. I took her to the ER and they tested for c-diff, e coli, blood work and cultures of her stools and blood. C-diff and e-coli were negative. This was sunday.. It is now late wed. And still no answers. What could this be?

Age ?: In young infants my first thought would be an allergic reaction to the feed (bovine milk allergy can do this). In older kids i'd have tested for salmonella & shigella too. Some older kids with a colitis would do this. I'd meet with your pediatrician & go over your findings so far & move forward based on current findings. ...Read more

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My oncologist thinks I have an abscess.He did a blood culture so i will get results.Big painful lump still there.Is it inflammatory breast cancer?

My oncologist thinks I have an abscess.He did a blood culture so i will get results.Big painful lump still there.Is it inflammatory breast cancer?

Possibly: What is the extent of inflammation around the underlying breast mass? Has an ultrasound of the breast been done? A surgeon with ultrasound can determine if there is an abscess and aspirated it, clean the cavity and with serial treatments possibly resolve the infection without necessitating an open i & d of the abscess. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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How long does it normally take to get blood culture results back?

How long does it normally take to get blood culture results back?

1-5 days: It can be as soon as one day but labs will usually incubate and monitor the cultures for up to 5 days to make sure nothing is growing. ...Read more

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Child has lower stomach pain. Hurts to move and touch. Urine dip said high white blood count and culture had no growth what could be wrong?

Child has lower stomach pain. Hurts to move and touch.  Urine dip said high white blood count and culture had no growth what could be wrong?

Sounds like: Eosinophilic inflammation of bowel. How many eosinophils in blood?. I recently found that this is due to faulty oxidation in brain (sounds strange?) because this kind of inflammation is guided by a reflex mechanism via the vagus nerve that runs from the brain to the bowel and known as the "inflammatory reflex" i advise seeking local help. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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