A stool analysis is a series of tests done on a stool (feces) sample to help diagnose certain conditions affecting the Reference digestive tract Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window. These conditions can include infection (such as from Reference parasites Opens New Window, Reference viruses Opens New Window, or Reference bacteria Opens New Window), poor nutrient absorption, or cancer.
For a stool analysis, a stool sample is collected in a clean container and then sent to the laboratory. Laboratory analysis includes microscopic examination, chemical tests, and microbiologic tests. The stool will be checked for color, consistency, amount, shape, odor, and the presence of mucus. The stool may be examined for hidden (occult) blood, fat, meat fibers, Reference bile Opens New Window, Reference white blood cells Opens New Window, and sugars called reducing substances. The Reference pH Opens New Window of the stool also may be measured. A stool Reference culture Opens New Window is done to find out if bacteria may be causing an infection.
|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