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Bacterial Wound Culture

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Also known as: Aerobic Wound Culture; Anaerobic Wound Culture
Formal name: Culture, wound

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect and identify the bacteria causing an infection of your wound and to help guide treatment of your wound infection

When to Get Tested?

When you have signs and symptoms of a wound infection, such as a wound that is tender, red, swollen, draining fluid or pus, and slow to heal

Sample Required?

A sterile swab used to collect cells or pus from the site of the suspected infection; may also include aspirations of fluid from deeper wounds into a syringe and/or a tissue biopsy

Test Preparation Needed?