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What does a standard stool sample test for?

What does a standard stool sample test for?

Occult blood: The single most common test done on a stool sample is a very sensitive test for any blood in the stool; it is 'occult' because there is no blood one can see by sight. It is used as a screen for blood cells that could come from any place in the GI tract, even some blood in the mouth, like gums. It may serve to help find a cause of anemia or a screen for colon disorders; colonoscopy may come next. ...Read more

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What is tested when you are asked to give a stool sample? Is there something that alerts them to any types of cancer in the test?

What is tested when you are asked to give a stool sample? Is there something that alerts them to any types of cancer in the test?

Blood in Stool: The most common test would be for blood in the stool. This can be a sign of colon polyps or cancer. It is also possible to test for certain types of intestinal infections in a stool sample. Stool blood testing is commonly done on people who have no symptoms. Testing for infection is usually part of the evaluation of symptoms (such as diarrhea). ...Read more

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What do doctors test for in a stool sample?

What do doctors test for in a stool sample?

Infection, blood: Usually for infection or microscopic blood. Sometimes checked for h pylori bacteria detection and malabsorption. ...Read more

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Is there a max time limit for how soon you have to return a frozen stool sample to lab for fresh stool test?

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 more

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My daughter had stool sample had to put stool in two different bottles came back negative what does it all test for the stool culture?

My daughter had stool sample had to put stool in two different bottles came back negative what does it all test for the stool culture?

Unsure: Would need more details as to what they took the stool sample for. They can check for bad bacteria and toxins from the bacteria. They sometimes check for ova and parasites which you can pick up easily when you are young. So it all depends on what was ordered and tested for so contact your provider or lab to find out. I hope this was helpful. ...Read more

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Does it really matter if I took a stool sample from the toilet water for the Hemoccult test? Son has autism and refuses to have anything to catch it.

Does it really matter if I took a stool sample from the toilet water for the Hemoccult test? Son has autism and refuses to have anything to catch it.

It would be better: to get it directly, especially if there is a trace of blood from skin or urine that's in the water. Did you try putting foil or plastic wrap between the seat and the rest of the toilet? Another way to do it is to take some of the stool from the toilet tissue you wipe him with (if you are wiping him). ...Read more

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Stool sample c. Diff positive. How long does it last? How to know when it's gone. Will Flagyl alone cure it? Can i go to work? Are more tests needed?

Stool sample c. Diff positive.  How long does it last? How to know when it's gone. Will Flagyl alone cure it? Can i go to work? Are more tests needed?

C. Diff: If you are infected with c. Difficile, which can be treated with a simple course of Flagyl for 10 days. You do not need to recheck the status of c. Diff toxin unless your diarrhea persist. No need to check c. Diff status if you do not have diarrhea. ...Read more