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Fecal Analysis

Fecal Analysis is a topic covered in the Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests.

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General

Synonym/Acronym:
N/A

Common Use:
To assess for the presence of blood in the stool toward diagnosing gastrointestinal bleeding, cancer, inflammation, and infection.

Specimen:
Stool.

Normal Findings:
(Method: Macroscopic examination, for appearance and color; microscopic examination, for cell count and presence of meat fibers; leukocyte esterase, for leukocytes; Bendict’s solution (copper sulfate) for reducing substances; guaiac, for occult blood; x-ray paper, for trypsin.)

CharacteristicNormal Result
AppearanceSolid and formed
ColorBrown
Epithelial cellsFew to moderate
Fecal fatSee “Fecal Fat” study
Leukocytes (white blood cells)Negative
Meat fibersNegative
Occult bloodNegative
Reducing substancesNegative
Trypsin2+ to 4+

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Citation

Bladh, Mickey Lynn., and Anne M. Van Leeuwen. "Fecal Analysis." Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests, 7th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425326/all/Fecal_Analysis.
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Fecal Analysis. Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. 7th ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425326/all/Fecal_Analysis. Accessed April 18, 2019.
Bladh, M. L., & Van Leeuwen, A. M. (2017). Fecal Analysis. In Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. Available from https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425326/all/Fecal_Analysis
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Fecal Analysis [Internet]. In: Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 April 18]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425326/all/Fecal_Analysis.
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