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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?
Listeria : Healthy people rarely get ill from listeria unless it's a large exposure. Visit CDC website for more information and stay in touch with your doctor. ...Read more
How do I get checked for listeria? Should i go to my family doctor? Or to the hospital? What tests would be done? Mouth swab? Or blood tests.
Primary : Your primary care physician should be able to address this issue. ...Read more
16 wks pregnant for three days been having mild fever cramps green poop chills I had blood taken would listeria have been found withou looking for it?
High white blood cell count green poop low grade fever and chills with headache flu negative strep negative listeria ??
If you have green: poop and fever, then look inside the belly for cause. You may need a CT, or stool culture, or GI workup. If you have headache with fever, perhaps you need to look for meningitis. In other words, have your doctor keep looking for a cause, those tests you listed are only the beginning. Focus on your symptoms and start there. Good luck. ...Read more
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
Yes: Vertebral osteomyelitis is usually acquired after surgery on the spine or by hematogenous or blood stream spread. The bacteria are only in the bloodstream intermittently so blood cultures can be positive or sterile. Patients with more continuous bacteremia often have underlying heart valve infections, endocarditis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yeast: the answer is "it depends." Some common yeast forms can grow in standard blood culture media, butothers may require more specialized growth media. The site or suspected origin might give a clue as to whether this is likely to happen. Also, yeast sometimes require longer to grow than other bacteria, so holding the culture longer may also be indicated if a blood-born yeast is suspected. ...Read more
What does it mean if somebody says their blood culture tested positive for cocci in the blood stream?
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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