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Stool Culture

Ordering Info & Methodology

Test Code

Cerner Synonyms


Stool C&S, Stool Culture, Stool, enteric, gastroenteritis, food poisoning

Turn Around Time


Ordering Guide

Specimen Requirements

Sample Type

Collection Container

Alternate Collection Containers


C&S Container (if specimen can be transported to Microbiology laboratory within 1 hour of collection)

Sterile Enteric Pathogen Transport Container (if delayed transport to Microbiology laboratory >1 hour)

Add on stability
This is the length of time after sample collection that this analyte is stable. Test can be added to a previously collected sample if the time since collection is less than the add on stability time.

Minimum Volume

Add On Stability

Collection and Shipping Requirements

Refrigerate all stool specimens. A specimen refrigerator is located in the hallway outside the Laboratory for after-hours specimen drop off.

Reference Intervals

Female Reference Interval

Age Category
Reference Interval

Male Reference Interval

Age Category
Reference Interval
Additional Notes

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Measurement Uncertainty (MU)
Every laboratory value is an estimate of the true concentration of substance. MU is the 95% confidence interval around that estimate. 95% of the time, the true concentration will be within the range of the reported value ±MU. This value is based on analytical variability (precision) and does not reflect other factors such as sample collection and handling which may also affect the result.


Reported sodium = 140 mmol/L
Sodium MU = 1%
Expanded uncertainty = 140 mmol/L ± 1% or 140mmol/L ± 1.4 mmol/L
Interpretation - the true value of sodium in the sample is in the range 138.6-141.4 mmol/L, with 95% confidence.

Measurement Uncertainty

Routine stool culture consists of investigation for the following organisms: Aeromonas, Campylobacter, E. coli 0157:H7, Salmonella, Shigella and Yersinia.

Investigation for Vibrio or C. difficile toxin must be specifically requested.

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