Screening Culture Test

This test checks the presence of bacteria in body fluids.

This test checks the presence of bacteria in body fluids.

This test is done to check for the presence of bacteria in body fluids. For example:

  • Group B Streptococcus testing of vaginal fluid is done as a routine screening in pregnant women.
  • Lung fluids (sputum) may be tested to check for pneumonia in someone who has respiratory symptoms.

Some medications can affect the test results. Your healthcare provider will tell you if you need to stop taking any medicine before the test.

  • The results may be affected if you have recently taken antibiotics.
  • You will be told how to prepare to help make sure results are accurate.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?


Also known as:

Screening Culture Test
Screening Culture of Body Fluids
Laboratory Work
Body Fluids Screening for Bacteria
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