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Stool Culture

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Also known as: Bacterial Culture, stool; Feces Culture
Formal name: Enteric Pathogens Culture, stool

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine whether you have an infection of your digestive tract due to the presence of disease-causing (pathogenic) bacteria

When to Get Tested?

When you have diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and/or vomiting that is severe or lasts more than a few days

Sample Required?

A fresh stool sample transported to the laboratory within 2 hours or one that has been placed in a transport medium (a collection vial containing a preservative)

Test Preparation Needed?