Bacterial Wound Culture

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Formal name: Wound Culture; aerobic and/or anaerobic

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect a bacterial wound infection, to determine which specific bacteria are present, and to isolate and grow the bacteria for subsequent susceptibility testing

When to Get Tested?

When the doctor suspects that your wound is infected by a pathogenic microorganism

Sample Required?

Usually a sterile swab used to collect cells or pus from the site of the suspected infection. Occasionally aspirations of fluid from deeper wounds into a syringe and/or a tissue biopsy may be required.

Test Preparation Needed?

No test preparation is needed.