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Klebs Loeffler Bacilli Culture Ponders Stain Throat Swab

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Klebs Loeffler Bacilli Culture Ponders Stain Throat Swab

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What is this test?

Klebs Loeffler Bacilli Culture is a technique predominantly used to test the presence of the Corynebacterium Diphtheriae or Klebs-Loeffler Bacillus, which can cause diphtheria and can degenerate various tissues in the body. This test is done on both men and women to confirm the bacterial infection. In this test, the Ponders stain is used to identify the presence of bacteria.

What is Throat Swab:

Throat Swab is a piece of cotton used to collect the samples from the throat that are used for culturing the bacteria. This bacteria causes Diphtheria.

What is Klebs-Loeffler Bacillus and Diphtheria: Klebs-Loeffler bacillus is a type of bacteria that causes diphtheria. It is also known as Corynebacterium diphtheriae.

Diphtheria can be spread from person to person by direct contact or through contact with the objects those having bacteria on them. The bacteria mostly infects the nose and throat. Once a person is infected by the bacteria then it releases the toxins that can spread to different areas of the body through the blood. These toxins can damage tissues and organs like the brain, heart, and kidneys. Diphtheria can cause the grey color to the throat and tonsils.

Why this test is performed:

This test is performed to check the presence of Klebs Loeffler Bacilli in the body. The doctor may ask you to undergo this test if you are suffering from symptoms such as fever, chills, loud cough, swollen glands, difficulty in breathing, slurred speech, cold skin, sweating, feeling of discomfort, change in vision, redness in the affected skin area etc.

This test is also performed to check the effectiveness of the treatment.

Also known as KLB Ponders Stain Throat Swab.

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Klebs Loeffler Bacilli Culture Ponders Stain Throat Swab. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Klebs Loeffler Bacilli Culture Ponders Stain Throat Swab.

No specific preparation is necessary for this test.

Understanding your test results

The test results may vary depending on age, health history, medical condition, etc.

If growth is not seen in the culture, then it may indicate that the test results are negative, and the individual is not affected by the Klebs-Loeffler Bacilli or Corynebacterium Diphtheriae.

If growth is seen, then it may indicate that the results are positive and there is a chance for an individual to be affected by the Klebs-Loeffler Bacilli or Corynebacterium Diphtheriae.

If abnormal test results were seen, consult your doctor immediately with your lab test reports.

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UNISEXAll age groupsThe growth is observed in the culture in case of an infection
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