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Culture and Sensitivity Pus


Culture and Sensitivity Pus

Also known as Culture And Sensitivity Aerobic Pus
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What is this test?

Pus culture and sensitivity is a technique predominantly used to test the sensitivity of the aerobic bacteria, which can infect the human body. This test is done on both males and females to confirm the infection.

What is Pus:

Pus is a thick fluid that contains dead tissue, cells, and bacteria. It is produced by body whee an infection occurs by the bacteria. Depending on the type of bacteria and location of infection, pus can be in many colors like yellow, green, brown and white.

What are Bacteria, and Aerobic Bacteria:

Bacteria are the single-celled micro-organisms 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 is performed to check if an individual is infected by an aerobic bacteria or not. This test may be recommended to you by a physician, if you have conditions like broken skin, decreased white blood cells, pus secretion from the infected area, slow healing of wounds, chills, fever, etc. This test helps to confirm the wound infection.

This test also helps the doctors to plan the treatment according to the type of bacteria, that infects the wound. The test is also performed to check the effectiveness of the treatment.

Also known as C/S Aerobic Pus.

Test Preparation

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

No specific preparation is necessary for this test.

Understanding your test results

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

If your test results are negative, then it may indicate that there are no signs of growth of aerobic bacteria.

If your test results are positive, then it may indicate there is a chance for growth of aerobic bacteria, which means that the infected area or the wound has been infected by an aerobic bacteria.

If abnormal test results were seen, 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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