Culture and Sensitivity Testing
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In this test, a health care provider will take a tissue sample or fluid sample from your body and test it in a lab to see if germs will grow in it (culture). Any germs that grow from the culture will be tested against a variety of medicines to find which medicine works best (sensitivity testing). For example, for an infection that is caused by bacteria, several types of antibiotic medicines may be tested.
Preparation for the test will vary depending on the type of fluid or tissue that is being cultured. Follow the directions that are provided by your health care provider.
Results of sensitivity testing let your health care provider know which medicines to use in treating your infection.
Talk with your health care provider about what your results mean.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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