A blood sample may be cultured to test the sensitivity of the bacteria. This test helps in diagnosing the cause of bacteremia. The goal is to see if there is an anaerobic infection present in the blood. For this test, a sample of your blood is collected by your healthcare provider and sent to the laboratory for the culture.
Bacteremia is a blood infection caused by bacteria. It originates from a specific site in the body which is severely infected. For example, urinary tract infection may spread from the urinary bladder to kidneys and from kidneys to blood. This condition is also called as septicemia. The symptoms of this condition include chills, fever, nausea, inflammation of any parts, less frequent urination, rapid breathing, increase in heart rate, confusion, etc.
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 certain symptoms like chills, fever, nausea, inflammation of any parts, less frequent urination, rapid breathing, increase in heart rate, confusion, 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 Blood. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Blood.
No specific preparation is required for this blood 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 your blood.
If you get abnormal test results, consult your doctor immediately with your lab test reports.
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