The urethral swab may be cultured to test the sensitivity of the anaerobic bacteria which may be the reason for infections in the urethra. 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. The urethra is a tube that drains urine from the bladder. A sterile cotton or gauze is used by your healthcare provider to clean the opening of the urethra at the tip of the penis. A cotton swab is gently inserted about three to four inches into the urethra and turned.
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 pain while urinating, discharge from the urethra, increased urine frequency, redness of urethra, swelling around the urethra, swollen testicles, a sore throat, 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 Urethral Swab. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Urethral Swab.
Do not urinate for at least 1 hour prior to the test. Urinating may wash away some germs needed for accurate 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 urethral 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|