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Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Semen

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Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Semen

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What is this test?

Semen may be cultured to test the sensitivity of the bacteria which may be the reason for infections. This test helps in diagnosing the infection of the male genitourinary tract. The goal is to see if there is an anaerobic infection present in the urethra or genital tract. This test is done on men and young boys who are more prone to infections. Semen is also called as the seminal fluid which contains spermatozoa. It is secreted from the gonads and other sex organs of the male. The test is performed on the seminal fluid collected by your healthcare provider. If there is a growth of bacteria in the culture, then it may be the reason for infection in the genital area.

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 certain symptoms like painful ejaculation, haemospermia (presence of blood in the semen), increase in urinary frequency, urgency to urinate, dysuria (pain while urinating), swelling, redness, heat production, abnormal discharge, change in the color of discharge, foul odor of discharge, 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 Semen.

Test Preparation

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

No specific preparation is required for this semen 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 genital region.

If you get abnormal test results, consult your doctor immediately with your lab test reports.

GenderAge groupsValue
MALEAll age groupsThe growth depends on the infecting organism. Clearing around the disc indicates organism is sensitive to antibiotic
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