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What type of stool sample to submit for occult blood test ?

my baby is 2 weeks old. she has blood in her stool; consistency of the blood is like tiny strands of hair and another would be like clumped blood mixed with the stool. it has been occurring for 6 days now. we went to the hospital for assessment. they want her to have the occult blood test . i was wondering if the stool sample that i would submit to the lab must have blood that can be seen or should i submit a sample even if i can t see any blood traces in the stool? please advise. thank you!
Asked On : Mon, 25 Jul 2011
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Pediatrician, Infectious Diseases 's  Response
occult blood means blood which cannot b seen with eyes.if child is passing frank blood in stools it is definetly infection,so i hope they have started medications..u can take any stool sample even if blood is not seen in it.also i wud advice a stool culture test to b done in the same sample
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General & Family Physician Dr. Qorry Agustin's  Response
fecal occult blood test is done to determine the presence of microscopic or invisible blood in the stool, or feces. Fecal occult blood can be a sign of a problem in your digestive system, such as a growth, or polyp, or cancer in the colon or rectum. If microscopic blood is detected, it is important for your doctor to determine the source of bleeding to properly diagnose and treat the problem.

So you don't have to wait any bleeding that visible in your childern's stool to take the sample, just take the sample anytime your child poop, good luck :)
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