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Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Ascitic Fluid

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Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Ascitic Fluid

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What is this test?

Ascitic fluid may be cultured to test the sensitivity of the bacteria which may be the reason for infections. This test helps in finding out if the ascitic fluid is infected. The goal is to see if there is an anaerobic infection present in the ascitic fluid. This test is performed on the ascitic fluid collected by your healthcare provider. If there is a growth of bacteria in the culture, then it may be the reason for infections.

What is ascitic fluid?

Ascitic fluid is the accumulation of protein-containing fluid within the abdomen. This ascitic fluid accumulation is called ascites. This condition is usually seen when the liver stops working properly. This fluid fills the space between the lining of the abdomen and the organs. The main reason for ascitic fluid accumulation is any liver problem or liver failure.

What are anaerobic bacteria?

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.

Why this test is performed?

This test may be recommended to you if you experience symptoms like abdominal distension, abdominal discomfort, weight gain, shortness of breath, reduced appetite, 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.

Also known as C/S Anaerobic Ascitic Fluid.

Test Preparation

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

No specific preparation is required for this ascitic fluid culture and sensitivity 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 ascitic fluid.

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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