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Culture And Sensitivity Aerobic Bile


Culture And Sensitivity Aerobic Bile

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What is this test?

This test is useful in identifying the kind of bacteria and infections present in the biliary system. Bile is a greenish colored digestive enzyme which is produced by the liver and is stored in the gallbladder. The bile helps in the digestion of food. Bacteria or fungus can infect the gallbladder which can cause diseases of the liver and digestive system etc.

What is Bile?

Bile is a digestive fluid produced and released by the liver. It is a green to a yellowish brown colored fluid. It is stored in the gallbladder. It helps in the breakdown of fats into fatty acids and thus helps in digestion. It contains cholesterol, bilirubin, bile salts, water, body salts, etc. From the gallbladder bile is released into the duodenum (a part of the intestine) for digestion via bile ducts. Biliary obstruction or blockage of bile duct may result in accumulation of bilirubin in the blood. Variety of conditions and diseases can cause biliary obstruction. Infections are one condition amongst that.

What are Bacteria, and Aerobic Bacteria:

Bacteria are the single-celled microorganisms that can live within the soil, in the ocean and also inside the human gut. They have a number of shapes such as spirals, rods, and spheres etc. Some bacteria can cause illness to the human body and some other plays a major role in the overall functioning of our ecosystem.

Aerobic bacteria are the bacteria which can survive in the presence of oxygen only. In the absence of oxygen, aerobic bacteria cannot survive and can die. Some of the aerobic bacteria are Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Nocardia, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis etc.

Why this test is performed?

This test may be recommended to you if you are suspected to have any infections in the liver or biliary system. This test may be specially performed to check if the infection is due to aerobic bacteria or not. This test is also recommended to plan the treatment according to the type of bacteria. The test is also recommended to check the effectiveness of the treatment given.

Also known as C/S Aerobic Bile.

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Culture And Sensitivity Aerobic Bile. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Culture And Sensitivity Aerobic Bile.

No specific preparation is required for this test.

Understanding your test results

The normal test results may vary depending on age, health history, medical condition, etc.

If your test results show negative it means there is no growth of anaerobic bacteria.

If your test results show positive it may indicate that you may have an anaerobic bacterial infection in the liver or biliary system.

If you get abnormal test results, consult your doctor immediately with your lab test reports.

GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groupsThe growth depends on the infecting organism. Clearing around the disc indicates organism is sensitive to antibiotic
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