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Gram Stain

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Also known as: Gram's Stain
Formal name: Gram Stain

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect the presence and identify the general type of bacteria or sometimes fungi (microbes) in a sample taken from the site of a suspected infection; to generally classify bacteria grown in culture so that further identification tests can be performed and appropriate treatment given

When to Get Tested?

When a healthcare practitioner suspects that you have a bacterial (or sometimes fungal) infection; often whenever a culture is requested

Sample Required?

Pus, body fluid, sputum, or swab of cells taken from the site of an infection; a sample of bacteria or fungi grown and isolated in culture

Test Preparation Needed?

None