A blood culture is a test to see what kind of bacteria or fungi are infecting your blood.
Usually, a blood infection occurs with other serious infections. These include infections in your lungs, kidneys, bowels, gallbladder, or heart valves.
You may also get a blood infection if your immune system is weak.
A blood culture is done to:
A health professional takes a sample of your blood.
Blood may be taken from two or three places on your body. Or it may be taken at two different times a few hours apart.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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