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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Acute or chronic?: Acute bronchitis is caused by an infection in the airways and is usually diagnosed by a doctor once an evaluation is done. Sometimes a sputum culture can help determine the bacteria causing the infection. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is diagnosed by a physician evaluation and pulmonary function testing. ...Read more
Stool check for bugs: Depending upon the doctor's suspicion, based on your exposure risks and symptoms, your stool culture may look for salmonella, shigella, campylobacter, yersinia, and sometimes pathogenic e.Coli, additionally, stool can be checked for clostridium difficile, giardia, parasites, opportunistic pathogens. ...Read more
See below: Urinalysis is useful in multiple ways: specific gravity (density) is high in dehydration; presence of glucose and ketones can be a sign of diabetes; excess amount of protein can be a sign of kidney diseases; peculiar smell or discoloration can indicate certain metabolic disease. ...Read more
Screening test: If * then further studies are indicated ...Read more
Best to see your Dr.: This is done by 4 main methods. Fecal immunochemical testing that uses antibodies to detect globin, stool guaiac test for fecal occult blood which involves reaction of stool to hydrogen peroxide, fecal porphyrin quantification or hemoquant which measures hemoglobin, and fecal dna test/the pregen-plus which measures dna. It would be wise to check with your doctor and get tested accurately. ...Read more
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 the occult blood stool sample an accurate method for testing for colon cancer and where can I get info?
Your doctor: Stool for occult blood is a simple test , could be in your doctor's office as a quick inexpensive screening test for colon cancer, however most accurate test for colon cancer is colonoscopy. Information available from your local hospital to american cancer society office and it is free. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: For most tests if the specimen reaches the lab within four hours of collection, it would be okay. Some organisms may last longer. Sputum could be preserved for examination of cells including tumor cells, at the time of collection and then time would not matter. In rare cases of looking for a live parasite, the sputum should preferable be collected in the lab. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Carefully: Your doctor should provide you with special containers for stool samples, and also give instructions for collecting these. But if not, I am referencing a pdf of instructions for kids' stool specimens: http://www.Childrensmn.Org/manuals/pfs/testproc/018799.Pdf also for adults: http://www.Carteretgeneral.Com/patient_ed/stool_collection.Shtml. ...Read more
Testing for H.pylori: H.Pylori status is checked with the intention of treating the infection to eradication, when found. If persistent or recurrent, please ask your doctor to prescribe a drug combination different than your initial regimen--your h.Pylori may be resistant to the first antibiotics used. Serology alerts us to past infection; stool testing, breath testing, stomach biopsy identify active bacteria. ...Read more
Full name: Would you please provide the full name of the test. There is no standard test called "igs" For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
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