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Culture and Identification - Anaerobic - Automated

Culture and Identification - Anaerobic - Automated is a laboratory test performed to detect and identify anaerobic bacteria in a clinical sample. Anaerobic bacteria are bacteria that can grow and thrive in environments with little or no oxygen. These bacteria can cause various infections, including abscesses, tissue infections, and certain types of pneumonia.

  • Test Name Culture and Identification - Anaerobic - Automated
  • Sample Type Blood, Bone marrow, Ascitic fluid; Body fluids; Pericardial fluid; Peritoneal fluid; Pleural fluid; Synovial Fluid; CSF
  • Preparations Required No specific preparation is needed for the patient, but the sample must be collected and transported under anaerobic conditions to prevent exposure to air.
  • Report Time 8 days

In this test, the sample is cultured in an environment that lacks oxygen, which promotes the growth of anaerobic bacteria. Automated systems are used to monitor bacterial growth and make preliminary identifications based on the growth characteristics. Subsequently, further tests are conducted to confirm the identity of the bacteria.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It is a diagnostic test used to detect and identify anaerobic bacteria, which are bacteria that thrive in environments without oxygen. The test involves culturing the sample in an anaerobic environment and using automated systems to identify the bacteria.

This test is essential in identifying anaerobic bacterial infections, which can cause serious conditions such as abscesses, infections of the internal organs, or certain pneumonias. Early detection and identification are crucial for timely and effective treatment.

The test is usually ordered when a patient has symptoms consistent with an anaerobic infection, such as foul-smelling discharge, pain, and fever, especially if the infection is located in areas of the body where anaerobic bacteria are common, such as the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, or female reproductive tract.

The sample collection method depends on the infection site. Common samples include body fluids, tissue, pus, or other specimens. The sample must be collected and transported under conditions without oxygen to prevent killing the anaerobic bacteria.

A positive result indicates the presence of anaerobic bacteria in the sample. The specific type of bacteria identified can provide information on the infection and guide the doctor in choosing the appropriate treatment.

Knowing the type of anaerobic bacteria causing the infection helps your doctor prescribe the most effective antibiotics or other treatments for your specific condition.

The test itself does not have significant risks. However, the sample collection process may cause some discomfort, depending on the site of infection.

No, fasting is not required for this test.

If your test result is positive, it's important to follow your doctor's recommendations for treatment, which may include taking antibiotics or other medications.

Consult the doctor who ordered the test, who will provide guidance on treatment or refer you to a specialist if needed.

Yes, anaerobic bacteria can cause infections, especially in areas of the body that have reduced oxygen levels. Some infections can be severe and require aggressive treatment.

Common infections caused by anaerobic bacteria include dental abscesses, bacterial vaginosis, and certain types of pneumonia and wound infections.

Maintaining good hygiene, proper wound care, and seeking timely medical attention for infections can help prevent complications from anaerobic bacterial infections.

Yes, improper sample collection or exposure of the sample to oxygen can affect the results. Also, if you are taking antibiotics, it may affect the growth of bacteria in the culture.

Culture and Identification - Anaerobic - Automated is a valuable test for detecting infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. Timely identification of the bacteria involved is critical for effective treatment and management of the infection. Patients are advised to follow their doctor's instructions and cooperate in providing the samples needed for accurate testing.

Culture and Identification - Anaerobic - Automated
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