A stool culture is done to find bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi that may be causing an infection. Stool culture test results usually take 2 to 3 days. But some cultures for fungus and parasites may take weeks to get results.
Similarly, you may ask, what is tested in a stool culture?
A stool culture is used to detect the presence of disease-causing (pathogenic) bacteria and help diagnose an infection of the digestive system (gastrointestinal, GI tract). Laboratories typically use stool cultures to detect and identify the most common intestinal disease-causing bacteria: Campylobacter species.
Can you detect cancer from a stool sample?
High-sensitivity fecal occult blood tests (FOBT). Both polyps and colorectal cancers can bleed, and FOBT checks for tiny amounts of blood in feces (stool) that cannot be seen visually. (Blood in stool may also indicate the presence of conditions that are not cancer, such as hemorrhoids.)