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Does it normally take 5 days for blood cultures to be returned?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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In brief: Depends on the

Growth rate and type of organism. Usual bacterial infections of the blood become positive in a couple of days, or sooner. However, the labs hold the blood cultures that do not show growth, for about five days to make sure that slow growing organisms are not missed.

In brief: Depends on the

Growth rate and type of organism. Usual bacterial infections of the blood become positive in a couple of days, or sooner. However, the labs hold the blood cultures that do not show growth, for about five days to make sure that slow growing organisms are not missed.
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