A stool analysis
is a series of tests done on a sample of stool (feces) to find problems with
the digestive tract. These health problems can include infection, poor nutrient
absorption, or cancer.
Stool analysis is done to
identify diseases of the digestive tract. It is also done to find the cause of
symptoms affecting the digestive tract, such as diarrhea, gas, nausea,
vomiting, and belly pain with fever.
You will need to
avoid certain medicines, such as antacids and antidiarrheal medicines, for 1 to
2 weeks before the test. You may also need to avoid certain foods for a few
days before the test. Talk with your doctor about which medicines and foods to
Stool samples can be
collected at home, in your doctor's office, in a medical clinic, or at the
hospital. If you collect the samples at home, you will be given stool
collection kits to use each day. Each kit contains applicator sticks, a
collection container, and two sterile containers.
You may need to
collect more than one sample over 1 to 3 days. Follow the same procedure each
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:
February 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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