An anal swab may be cultured to test the sensitivity of the anaerobic bacteria which may be the reason for infections in the anal region. The skin surrounding the opening is known as the anus. The goal is to see if there is an anaerobic infection present in the anus. This test is done on women and young girls who are more prone to anal infections. Diabetic women are at a higher risk of developing these infections. This test helps in diagnosing bacterial infections especially caused by anaerobic bacteria. Sterile cotton or gauze is used by your healthcare provider to clean the area around the anus. A cotton swab is gently inserted about three to four inches into the anus and turned.
Anaerobic bacteria are bacteria that can not survive in the presence of oxygen. Some of the examples of anaerobic bacteria are Staphylococcus, E.Coli, Clostridium, Actinomyces, Acetobacterium, etc. The growth of anaerobic bacteria causes anaerobic infections. Anaerobic infections can occur when deep tissues are injured or exposed. This can occur due to surgery or trauma, etc. The risk factors of getting an anaerobic infection are diabetes, a weak immune system, low blood flow, staph infection, open wounds, etc. The common symptoms of anaerobic infection are smelly discharge, pus-filled abscess, discoloration of the infected area, etc.
This test may be recommended to you if you experience symptoms like irritation of the skin at the opening of the anal canal through which stool exists the body leading to itching, inflammation, the presence of moisture, discomfort, burning sensation, soreness, etc. This test may be specially performed to check if the infection is due to anaerobic 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.
Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Anal Swab. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Anal Swab.
No specific preparation is required for this anal swab culture and sensitivity test.
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 anal region.
If you get abnormal test results, consult your doctor immediately with your lab test reports.
|UNISEX||All age groups||The growth depends on the infecting organism. Clearing around the disc indicates organism is sensitive to antibiotic|