Book Fecal Occult Blood Test - FOBT in Hyderabad

A Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) is a non-invasive test that checks your stool for hidden (occult) blood. This guide will provide a comprehensive overview of this diagnostic procedure.

Test Name Stool - Occult Blood (Fecal Occult Blood Test - FOBT)
Sample Type Stool
Preparations Required Avoid eating red meat, horseradish, cantaloupe, uncooked broccoli, turnip, radish, and taking certain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for several days before the test. These can interfere with the results.
Report Time 4 hours
Price in Hyderabad ₹ 220

What is a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)?

The FOBT is a lab test used to check your stool (feces) for hidden blood. Occult blood in the stool may indicate colon polyps or colorectal cancer.

Why is an FOBT necessary?

An FOBT is often done to screen for early colon or rectal cancer. Hidden blood in your stool can be a sign of these diseases.

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Do I need to fast before an FOBT?

No fasting is required for an FOBT. However, you should follow your doctor's instructions regarding diet and medication restrictions.

What does an FOBT tell you?

A positive FOBT result means that blood was found in your stool. While this can be a sign of cancer, other conditions can also cause blood in the stool, such as polyps, ulcers, or hemorrhoids.

How often should I have an FOBT?

The frequency of testing depends on your age, health, and family history. Generally, if you're 50 or older and at average risk for colorectal cancer, your doctor may recommend you have an FOBT annually.

What are the normal values for an FOBT?

A normal result is negative, meaning no blood was found in your stool during the testing period.

Are there any precautions I need to take?

Avoid certain foods and medications for several days before the test as they can interfere with the results.

What factors can affect the result of an FOBT?

Diet, medications, and the presence of other gastrointestinal conditions can affect the result.

What does a positive result mean in an FOBT?

A positive result indicates the presence of blood in the stool. It does not necessarily mean you have cancer but further testing is needed to determine the cause.

Can an FOBT be performed at home?

Yes, FOBT kits can be used at home. You'll need to collect samples from multiple bowel movements and return them to your doctor or a lab.

What are the risks associated with an FOBT?

The risks associated with an FOBT are minimal. There might be a false-positive or false-negative result.

How are the results of an FOBT interpreted?

A negative result means no blood was found in your stool. A positive result indicates blood was found, requiring further investigation.

Can medications influence the result of an FOBT?

Yes, certain medications, like aspirin or other NSAIDs, can cause gastrointestinal bleeding and lead to a positive result.

Can diet affect the FOBT results?

Yes, certain foods can cause a false-positive result. It's recommended to avoid red meat, certain vegetables, and vitamin C supplements before the test.

Can an FOBT diagnose cancer?

No, an FOBT can't diagnose cancer. It can detect blood in the stool, which could be a sign of cancer or other conditions. Further investigation is needed to confirm a diagnosis.

How can I prevent false-positive results in an FOBT?

Follow the dietary and medication guidelines your doctor provides. These are designed to minimize factors that could produce a false positive.

How reliable is an FOBT?

While the FOBT is a good screening tool for blood in the stool, it's not perfect. False positives and negatives can occur.

Can hemorrhoids or menstruation affect an FOBT result?

Yes, bleeding from hemorrhoids or menstruation can result in a positive test.

If I have a positive FOBT, which doctor should I consult?

If you have a positive FOBT, you should consult a gastroenterologist for further evaluation.

Is a colonoscopy necessary after a positive FOBT?

Usually, a colonoscopy is recommended after a positive FOBT to identify the source of the bleeding.

Understanding the value of the FOBT can help you catch health issues in their early stages, where treatment can be most effective. If you've been recommended to take an FOBT, don't hesitate. Your proactive approach can make all the difference.

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