• Test Code - PL0013
  • Test Name - Blood Culture
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  • Blood culture is performed to check for the presence of a systemic infection to detect and identify bacteria or yeast in the blood.

  • Blood culture is performed when you have signs or symptoms of sepsis, such as fever, chills, fatigue, rapid breathing and/or heart rate, and an elevated white blood cell count.

  • Two or more blood samples drawn from separate venipuncture sites, typically from different veins in your arms for a blood culture.

  • No preparation is required for a blood culture.

  • Two or more blood cultures that are positive for the same bacteria or fungi means that the person tested likely has a blood infection with that microorganism. The results typically identify the specific bacteria or fungi causing the infection.

  • If one blood culture set is positive and one set is negative, it may mean that an infection or skin contaminant is present.

  • Blood culture sets that are negative after several days (often reported as "no growth") mean that the probability that a person has a blood infection caused by bacteria or fungi is low.


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