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Blood Culture

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Also known as: Blood Culture (bacterial, fungal and/or AFB)
Formal name: Culture, blood

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To check for the presence of a systemic infection; to detect and identify bacteria or yeast in the blood

When to Get Tested?

When you have signs or symptoms of sepsis, such as fever, chills, fatigue, rapid breathing and/or heart rate, and an elevated white blood cell count

Sample Required?

Two or more blood samples drawn from separate venipuncture sites, typically from different veins in your arms

Test Preparation Needed?

None