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Plastic wrap: The easiest way is to lift the seat of your toilet at home and apply plastic wrap like a hammock. Then put the seat back down and sit and have your bowel movement. When you are done you can easily transfer your specimen to the container given to you by your doctor or the laboratory and then bring it to the lab. ...Read more
Is there a max time limit for how soon you have to return a frozen stool sample to lab for fresh stool test?
Depends on the test: Frozen sample would not be suitable for examination of amoeba or other live parasites. Fresh specimen would be needed for that. A frozen sample would be suitable for chemical analysis, and is usually used for 72 hour fat content. For that if the sample is kept at -40 c would be stable for months. It would be prudent to consult the laboratory that will be doing the testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reasons for having white thing's in stool besides parasites? Sent a stool sample to the lab and it came back negative for parasites. What could it be?
Mucous: Stringy white mucous is a common finding in stool and most often is seen in patients with ibs. It has no pathological significance. Good luck! ...Read more
What lab values will you be following when a person has history of diverticulosis but has blood in the stools?
None: There are no lab values to follow for diverticulosis. At most you would get your hemoglobin checked, but likely your chronic blood in your stool is from hemorrhoids. If you have a major bleed all of a sudden you should seek immediate help at an emergency room. If it is chronic spotting, the only test you should have is a colonoscopy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lab results show I do not have GI bleed.But something bright red keeps showing up in my stools ? What could it be?
Blood in stool: It is blood --- from either inside rectum or anal area -- or more remotely bladder or uterus. Do you have blood on toilet tissue? If not yet done, I believe you require rectal exam, proctoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, and GYN exam. Also 3 home stool samples for blood using heme occult cards are necessary. ...Read more
I heard about new lab test Colourguard that can detect colon cancer in person's stool. How do I request such a test? Is it covered by insurance?
Over 4 plus months now.Have been having a substance bright red appearing in my stools alot. Lab results show I don't have GI Bleed.What could this be?
When lab does a routine stool culture does that include checking for H.pylori ?. They did mine because of Gastrointestinal complains.
1 + Positive: 1 + (plus) denotes a smaller degree of red blood cells in your stools, where blood may not be visible. Such a classification is somewhat arbitrary, with 4+ meaning a good amount of blood that would be visible to the naked eye. Your doctor can advise you re multiple causes for blood to apprear in stools, including straining due to constipation and minor tear in anal areas or hemorroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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