Also known as: Aerobic Culture; Anaerobic Culture
Formal name: Culture, wound
Related tests: Gram Stain, Susceptibility Testing, Blood Culture, Urine Culture, AFB Smear and Culture, Fungal Culture, MRSA Screening
Why should I do it?
To detect a bacterial infection, to determine which specific bacteria are present, and to isolate and grow the bacteria for subsequent susceptibility testing
When should I do it?
When the doctor suspects that you are infected by a pathogenic microorganism; sometimes after treatment of an infection to evaluate its effectiveness
What Kind of Sample is Needed?
A sterile swab used to collect cells or pus from the site of the suspected infection; may also include aspirations of fluid from deeper wounds into a syringe and/or a Tissue biopsy
Test Preparation Needed?