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Blood Culture, Routine

Quick Overview

Used to isolate and identify potentially pathogenic organisms causing bacteremia and to establish the diagnosis of endocarditis.

Test #389

$109.00

Availability: In stock

Also Known As Culture, Blood, Routine; Listeria Culture,Fungus Culture, Blood,Blood Culture,Brucella, Blood Culture
Preparation No special preparation required.
Test Results 7-8 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

A blood culture is a test that checks things such as bacteria, yeast, and other microorganisms in your blood. Blood cultures are performed to expose the presence of bacteria or fungi in the blood and to identify the type present and guide in the treatment. Having pathogens such as these in your blood can implicate a blood infection, also known as bacteremia.  Tests results that are positive mean that there are bacteria in the blood.  Being that the infection is in the blood, it circulates throughout the entire body.  Common sources of blood infections can be bacteria that start in the lungs, on the skin, urine or the gastrointestinal tract.  It is essential to test for these infections because they can lead to complications such as sepsis.

Symptoms of a blood infection can include:

  • increased heart rate or palpitations
  • shaking chills
  • excessive fatigue
  • moderate or high fever
  • muscle aches
  • rapid breathing
  • headache

Without treatment of a blood infection in which case the infection progresses to sepsis, symptoms can include:

  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • mottled skin
  • decreased urine
  • nausea

As the infection progresses, more severe sepsis complications can arise.  These complications can include:

  • inflammation throughout the body
  • failure of organs
  • formation of tiny blood clots in small blood vessels
  • a dangerous drop in blood pressure

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