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What does a standard stool sample test for?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Tests

What do you mean by 'standard test'? There are many things that can be tested for. Iff however you mean 'stool cards' they are typically looking for hidden (also known as occult) blood.
Please follow the directions carefully to obtain the most accurate result.

In brief: Tests

What do you mean by 'standard test'? There are many things that can be tested for. Iff however you mean 'stool cards' they are typically looking for hidden (also known as occult) blood.
Please follow the directions carefully to obtain the most accurate result.
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine

In brief: GI Health

A stool analysis is a series of tests done on a stool (feces) sample to help diagnose certain conditions affecting the digestive tract.
These conditions can include infection (such as from parasites, viruses, or bacteria), poor nutrient absorption, or cancer.

In brief: GI Health

A stool analysis is a series of tests done on a stool (feces) sample to help diagnose certain conditions affecting the digestive tract.
These conditions can include infection (such as from parasites, viruses, or bacteria), poor nutrient absorption, or cancer.
Dr. Christopher Guzik
Dr. Christopher Guzik
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