Bacterial Culture Stool Test – Positive, Negative

A positive test result means that your poop was infected with a germ, virus, or other type of bacteria, then they are the most likely cause of the person’s diarrhea and other symptoms. The lab will tell your doctor which type it is and which medicines will fight against it. That can help him decide how to treat it.

If your test results are negative, that means that they’re normal. No germs were found in your poop and you don’t have an infection. It is likely that the person’s signs and symptoms are due to another cause or to a less common pathogen.

It is also possible that pathogenic bacteria are present in the gastrointestinal tract, but there were too few bacteria in that particular stool sample to be detected.

If a healthcare practitioner suspects that this is the case and symptoms continue, a stool culture on another sample may be ordered and/or followed up with other tests.

Most diarrheal disease is caused by a single pathogen, but it is possible to have an infection with more than one.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.