A stool culture is done to identify bacteria, viruses, or fungi that may be causing an infection. Stool culture test results usually take 2 to 3 days. But some cultures for fungus may take weeks to get results.
No disease-causing (pathogenic) bacteria, fungi, or viruses are present or grow in the culture.
Bacteria (such as Reference salmonella Opens New Window, shigella, campylobacter, certain types of Reference Escherichia coli Opens New Window[E. coli], or Yersinia enterocolitica) grow in the culture. Fungi such as yeast are found in the stool.
If bacteria are found in the culture, Reference sensitivity testing may be done to help choose the best treatment.
The stool also may be examined under a microscope to look for parasites such as Giardia.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology