A stool analysis
is a series of tests done on a stool (feces) sample to help diagnose certain
conditions affecting the
digestive tract . These conditions can include
infection (such as from
bacteria), poor nutrient absorption, or cancer.
For a stool analysis, a stool sample is collected in a clean
container and then sent to the laboratory. Laboratory analysis includes
microscopic examination, chemical tests, and microbiologic tests. The stool
will be checked for color, consistency, amount, shape, odor, and the
presence of mucus. The stool may be examined for hidden (occult) blood, fat,
white blood cells , and sugars called reducing
pH of the stool also may be measured. A stool
culture is done to find out if bacteria may be causing
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
March 7, 2012
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