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What is Stool for Hanging Drop? 1

The hanging drop test for stool (feces) is a lab test done to analyze the motility(movement) of living microorganisms (like bacteria) for diagnosing certain diseases caused by these microorganisms in the digestive system. It is principally used for cholera

Why is Stool for Hanging Drop suggested? 4

Symptoms requiring the test are:

  • Watery and smelly diarrhea.
  • Vomiting or nausea.
  • Fever.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Rapid heart rate.
  • Dry mouth and thirst.

How is Stool for Hanging Drop performed? 3

A stool sample can be collected at home or at the hospital. The doctor gives you a container and a spatula. While passing feces, you should store a sample in the container with the help of the spatula. (Make sure not to contaminate the sample by touching it with hands or picking it from inside of the toilet as it may add unwanted germs to it. Do not mix any tissue or soap with it.). Return the sample to the doctor.

What are the parameters measured in Stool for Hanging Drop? 1

Positive test results indicate:

  • The disease Cholera or,
  • A bacterial infection of the digestive system.

Preparation before performing Stool for Hanging Drop2

There is no preparation required. You have to collect the sample when you feel like passing the feces.

Certain medicines can affect the test result and you must stop taking them before the test. You may also need to avoid certain foods before the test. Samples must not be collected during menstruation. Consult your doctor regarding these before the test.

Post-care after Stool for Hanging Drop3

There is no post care required. Just wash your hands after collecting the sample.

Sample types in Stool for Hanging Drop1

A sample of stool (feces)

Side effects/risks of Stool for Hanging Drop3

There is no pain while collecting a stool sample. In case of constipation, you might feel pain while straining to pass the stool.

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