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What are best lab tests for anthrax?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: This is moot
Anthrax organisms grow on culture.
However, a physician must suspect anthrax and treat, because it is likely to kill you -- especially the inhaled form -- before the lab result is back.

In brief: This is moot
Anthrax organisms grow on culture.
However, a physician must suspect anthrax and treat, because it is likely to kill you -- especially the inhaled form -- before the lab result is back.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: No direct test
There is no specific direct test.
If a gram stain revealed spores that could help confirm diagnosis. However, spores are often not apparent. Gram positive bacteria on gram stain can change over time. Confirmatory tests include gamma bacteriophage testing, indirect hemagglutination and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay to detect antibodies. Tx based on possible exposure (risk) & presentation.

In brief: No direct test
There is no specific direct test.
If a gram stain revealed spores that could help confirm diagnosis. However, spores are often not apparent. Gram positive bacteria on gram stain can change over time. Confirmatory tests include gamma bacteriophage testing, indirect hemagglutination and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay to detect antibodies. Tx based on possible exposure (risk) & presentation.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Mary Efremov
Internal Medicine
In brief: Three types
There is cutaneous, GI and pulmonary the later is the most serious and you could die from it.

In brief: Three types
There is cutaneous, GI and pulmonary the later is the most serious and you could die from it.
Dr. Mary Efremov
Dr. Mary Efremov
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