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Listeria Blood Culture
Can listeria infection be detected via blood culture if no symptoms present? If possibly exposed in pregnancy, should you be tested or wait 4 symptoms
Listeria: Listeria can be detected in a blood test. If exposed get tested. ...Read more
Hematochezia: Hematochezia, or the loss of bright red blood in the stool, is most often due to hemorrhoidal bleeding but can also be the result of several other dangerous conditions such as cancer or inflammatory bowel disease. It must be investigated by a gastroenterologist immediately! ...Read more
How long after getting listeria will it show up in blood tests? What if I had it a month or more ago? I am pregnant.
Blood cultures: Listeria testing is best done when one is acutely ill typically through blood cultures. Pregnant women with high fever, diarrhea, myalgias and headache in whom no other more common cause can be identified may be tested. For a potential infection more than a month ago typically no testing is done and fetal surveillance through basic prenatal care and ultrasound are done. ...Read more
I ate food that was recalled due to listeria. How soon would the bacteria show up on a blood test? Possibly pregnant.
Listeria outbreak: It is quite unlikely for Listeria to show up in the blood. Most commonly a "GI illness" is what occurs - such as nausea/vomiting or diarrhea. For those who's immune system is weak - including older age, cancer, HIV/AIDs, or even pregnancy - then it's important to check professionally with a doctor for any fevers or other signs of serious illness. Listeria, when it attacks, is a serious illness. ...Read more
Can non-invasive listeria infections harm the unborn baby/foetus or is it just the invasive type that gets into the blood stream?
Listeria: Non invasive listeria can enter the bloodstream of immuno-comprimised individuals causing septicemia which can affect the fetus. ...Read more
I am 11 weeks pregnant and think i may have contracted listeria. I am asymptomatic-would a blood test still show the presence of listeria at this point?
I ate a salad that was recalled for listeria and have had bad neck and joint pain for weeks. I did have blood work done but did not mention the lister?
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