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Blood Tests 6

Common Microbiology Tests

QuestionAnswer
Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB) Positive stain mean pulmonary tuberculosis; used to monitor the treatment for TB
Blood Culture Positive culture results (bacterial growth in media) indicate bacteremia or septicemia
CLOtest Presence of Helicobacter pylori
Culture & Sensitivity (C & S) Growth of a pathogenic microorganism indicates infection (culture); in vitro inhibition by an antibiotic (sensitivity) allows the physician to select the correct treatment.
Fungus culture and identification Positive test detects the presence of of fungi and determines the type
Gram Stain Positive stain for specific types of pathogenic microorganisms permits antimicrobial therapy to begin before culture results are known
Occult Blood Positive test indicates blood in the stool, which is associated with gastrointestinal bleeding from carcinoma
Ova and Parasites Microscopic examination of stool sample showing ova and parasites solves many "etiology unknown" intestinal disorders
Created by: kmaresco