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Blood Culture Positive (Overview)

Bacteria are found in the blood sample. A routine blood culture only looks for certain types of bacteria germs. Other types of blood cultures can look for viruses, yeast, fungi, tuberculosis, etc...


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Would a blood culture be positive if I had meningitis?

Would a blood culture be positive if I had meningitis?

Not always: It depends on how bad the meningitis is, but it helps narrow down the antibiotis if the blood cultures were positive. ...Read more

Blood Culture Positive (Overview)

Bacteria are found in the blood sample. A routine blood culture only looks for certain types of bacteria germs. Other types of blood cultures can look for viruses, yeast, fungi, tuberculosis, etc...


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What does it mean if somebody says their blood culture tested positive for cocci in the blood stream?

What does it mean if somebody says their blood culture tested positive for cocci in the blood stream?

Sepsis: it means they may. Have a infection most likely staphloccus which is a bacteria found on skin . Common in patients who are admitted in a hospital or who have had surgical procedures , it may even be a contaminant which means false positive ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Rod positive blood culture after pneumonia. ED said maybe false positive did more blood cultures . Sent me home. Temp is 99. Scared. What to do?

Probably all is OK: Bacilli ("rods") in blood culture usually are contaminants, i.e. normal skin bacteria, especially "Gram positive" rods. Such bacteria rarely cause pneumonia. Therefore, the ED probably did the right thing by reassuring you, repeating the blood culture, and sending you home -- assuming, of course, you were not seriously ill based on symptoms, fever, etc. Double check w/ your dotor. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, my brother blood first report and final report got Negative result. my question is blood culture result should come positive or negative ?

Hi doctor, my brother blood first report and final report got Negative result. my question is blood culture result should  come positive or negative ?

No should on testing: There is no should. The results are either yes or no. When a patient us severely ill, or has sepsis, treatment often starts before culture results are known. It appears there is much more to your story and this app cannot answer anything specific about the situation you are facing. Your concerns should be addressed by the professional responsible for this care there at the hospital. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

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Urinalysis negative but culture positive for e.Coli (100, 000 cfu ml) w/cath draw. Blood culture negative. Fever of 104. Why was urinalysis negative?

Urinalysis: Sounds like you may have had upper urinary tract infection without spillage of inflammatory cells into the renal calyx, so that although the bacteria showed up the inflammatory cells did not. The other alternative is that this was somehow a contaminated specimen and the e. Coli were not from the urinary tract. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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How much bacteria do you need in a blood culture for it to be positive?

How much bacteria do you need in a blood culture for it to be positive?

What kind more imp: Bacterial normally present on the skin sometimes contaminate blood drawn for culture and constitute a false positive. It is the type of organism cultured that is more important than how many. ...Read more

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Blood Culture (Definition)

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 ...Read more