Bone chips may be cultured to test the sensitivity of the bacteria. This test helps in diagnosing the infection of the bone. The goal is to see if there is any anaerobic infection present in the bone. This test is performed on the bone chips collected.
Bone chips in the elbow are small pieces of bone or cartilage that have become loose and float around in the joints. The pieces of bone and cartilage usually come from the upper arm bone. The medical term for this condition is called osteochondritis dissecans. These bone chips are usually due to an injury of the bone or due to lack of blood supply to the bone. The symptoms of bone chipping are a pain while moving, unable to move because it is locked, clicking sound when you move it, swelling at the site, 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 experience symptoms like pain while moving, unable to move because it is locked, clicking sound when you move it, swelling at the site, 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 Bone Chips. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Bone Chips.
No specific preparation is required for this bone chip 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 bone.
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|