Swab Culture Test



Our Swab Culture test involves taking swabs to culture and analyze bacterial and fungal infections. It provides sensitivity and resistance results, along with quantification of positive findings to indicate the intensity of infection. The swab can be used to culture stool, skin, urine, or other body parts or secretions. However, please note that blood cannot be cultured.

This test is highly recommended for patients with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms who have previously received negative stool tests for parasites. It's essential because the symptoms of pathogenic bacteria often resemble those of parasitic infections.

While many of the diagnosed intestinal bacteria are considered part of the normal flora in healthy individuals, it's important to address the presence of highly pathogenic strains. For instance, Escherichia coli, with its various serotypes, is commonly seen as beneficial bacteria without causing harm. However, certain strains, such as enterotoxigenic, enteroinvasive, enteropathogenic, and enterohemorrhagic E. coli, can lead to severe pathology. Similar considerations apply to other bacterial infections identified in the Swab Culture. The testing package is inclusive.


Turnaround Time

The results of the Swab Culture test will be available within 2-3 weeks after we receive your specimen.

Relevant Literature

Pathogenic Bacteria explains GI symptoms in the absence of parasite infections. Published in the Journal of Bacteriology and Parasitology.