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  • Stool Routine

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    We have often heard the phrase ‘We are what we eat’ and this also is true biologically. Analyzing the stool can help us identify diseases and find cause for symptoms and look for hidden parasites and reducing substances.

    Stool Routine test

    Cost Rs. 150/-

    What is a Stool Routine?

    It is a series of tests carried out on a stool (faeces) sample, to diagnose certain health conditions and diseases that can affect the digestive tract. In this test, the sample of the stool is sent for test to the laboratory where various chemical tests and microbiologic tests and examinations are done. These tests further provide information on various substances, white blood cells, blood, fat, and fibres found in the stool. During the test various factors like the amount, shape, colour, consistency, odour, pH and the presence of mucus is taken into consideration.

    Why do doctors order a Stool Routine?

    Stool routine is ordered for diagnosing various health issues but mainly it is ordered to identify diseases related to liver, pancreas and the digestive tract. Most physicians also order a stool analysis when the patient is suffering from bloody diarrhoea, bloating, prolonged diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Stool routine is also ordered for screening for colon cancer and to look for parasites, bacteria, fungus, virus and fat. It is also a mandatory requirement for workers who handle food items in the industry.

    How to prepare for a Stool Routine?

    It is recommended that you stop taking medications like antiparasite medicines, antidiarrhea medicines, antibiotics, laxatives, antacids and NSAIDs almost 7 to 14 days before the test. Do consult with your doctor in advance to ensure that your medicines do not impact the results of the test.

    If you are doing a stool routine to check for blood you may have to take care of your diet and avoid eating certain types of foods 2 to 3 days prior to the test. Avoid testing few days before or during the menstrual period.

    You also have to be prepared for collecting the stool in the right way. If the stool is contaminated with urine, or blood from the menstrual period, or a bleeding haemorrhoid or any other chemicals it can impact the test results.

    Stool sample can be collected at home, or in the hospital, at the clinic or at your doctor’s office. Use stool collection kit to help you collect the stool the right way. Always wash your hands after going through the stool collection process.

    What do the results mean?

    A normal stool is usually in a shape of a tube and appears soft, brown in colour and uniform consistency. It will not have mucus, fungus, virus, harmful bacteria, parasites, pus and undigested meat fibres. The normal pH value is 7.0 – 7.5. pH values less than 7.0 and greater than 7.5 would be considered abnormal

    For more information, please contact us at +91 22 66949876 / 9833141024 or email us at disha@pathologylabindia.com for any test requirement or any query related to our pathology lab

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