Blood Culture Test: Price, Purpose, Procedure, and Results

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This detects if fungus, bacteria, or viruses are present in the blood & causing infection.

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Blood

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  • Age Group: All Ages

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Blood Culture (1)

  • Blood Culture

Blood Culture & Sensitivity, Bactec (1)

  • Blood Culture & Sensitivity, Bactec

Test Criteria

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Who should take the blood culture test?

  • If your doctor thinks you have symptoms of sepsis or an infection, you should take a blood culture test.

Why take the blood culture test?

  • It helps with the diagnosis of any infection or sepsis, making it easier for doctors to decide on what treatment to pursue.

What are the benefits of the blood culture test?

  • It helps in the diagnosis of sepsis and other infections.
  • Doctors to start their treatment accordingly.
  • Understand how severe the condition may be.

Table of Content

Introduction to Blood Culture Test

The blood culture test is used to diagnose the presence of harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses, within the patient's blood. This diagnostic tool is instrumental in identifying systemic infections that can lead to severe medical conditions if left untreated. The sample will be collected from the vein from the arm. Then, the sample will be cultured containing a nutrient-rich growth medium that simulates the condition necessary for microbial growth. This critical information enables healthcare providers to make informed decisions regarding appropriate antimicrobial treatments, thereby improving patients' chances of recovery.

Blood culture and sensitivity tests are fundamental diagnostic tools in modern medicine and help in the accurate diagnosis and timely treatment of serious bloodstream infections. Your doctor might recommend the test to diagnose the blood infection or other medical conditions involving microorganisms in the blood. You can take blood culture tests from Redcliffe Labs. All the reports are as per NABL & ISO guidelines.

Test details in brief

Also Known As

Blood Culture & Sensitivity, Bactec Test

Purpose

This detects if fungus, bacteria, or viruses are present in the blood & causing infection.

Preparation

Do not take any over-the-counter medicine without confirming with your Doctor.

Fasting

No Fasting Required

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Within 5 days

Cost

INR 1300

Blood Culture Test Details

Purpose of the Blood culture test 

The primary purpose of the test is to diagnose the microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and occasionally viruses, in the bloodstream. This diagnostic procedure serves several important purposes:

  • Diagnosing Bloodstream Infections: The blood culture test means diagnosing the blood infections. Microorganisms enter the blood and can lead to a condition known as bacteremia or septicemia, which can be life-threatening if not treated promptly. Blood cultures help identify the specific type of microorganism causing the infection. 
  • Guiding Antibiotic or Antifungal Treatment: Once the causative microorganism is identified through blood cultures, healthcare providers can determine the most appropriate antimicrobial treatment. This helps to select the right antibiotics or antifungal medications to combat the infection effectively.
  • Monitoring Treatment Effectiveness: Blood culture and sensitivity tests monitor the effectiveness of antibiotics or antifungal medications. 
  • Diagnosing Endocarditis: Blood culture tests can help diagnose endocarditis, an infection of the heart valves or the heart's inner lining. 
  • Identifying the Source of Infection: In cases of unknown fever or suspected systemic infections, blood cultures can help pinpoint the source of the infection, such as infections originating from the urinary tract and respiratory system.
  • Detecting Rare or Atypical Infections: Blood cultures can detect less common or atypical microorganisms that may not be detected through other diagnostic tests.

Purpose of the Blood culture test

Preparation for the Blood Culture Test

The tests do not require any special preparation before the test. Consult with your doctor before going for the test.

  • Inform your doctor: Let your doctor know about any medicines or supplements you are taking, as this may affect your test results. Also, inform your doctor about the allergic reactions if you have any.
  • Stay Hydrated: Being well-hydrated can make it easier for the healthcare professional to collect your blood sample.
  • Dress Comfortably: Wear clothing that allows easy access to your arm, as the blood sample is typically drawn from a vein in the arm.
  • Relax: Stay calm and relaxed as the procedure is simple. 
  • Fasting: The test does not require fasting; you can eat and drink as usual before the test. 

The procedure of the blood culture test

The blood culture test procedure involves collecting a sample of a patient's blood to check for the presence of microorganisms, such as bacteria or fungi, that may be causing a bloodstream infection. The healthcare professional will select the vein to collect the blood sample and apply a tourniquet to make the vein more visible and accessible. After that, the professional will clean the arm area with an antiseptic solution to minimize the risk of contamination. After that, using a sterile needle, the healthcare professional collects the blood sample. Two blood samples will be collected at least two blood samples to get accurate test results. After that, the blood sample will be labeled and sent to the laboratory, where the blood will be cultured to check for microbial growth. The process will take a few days; thus, the blood culture test report will be provided within 4 days.

What do the blood culture test reports indicate?

The blood culture test results indicate the presence of microorganisms such as bacteria in the blood. The test reports show: 

  • Culture Positivity/Negativity: A positive result means that microorganisms have been detected in the blood sample. In contrast, a negative result indicates that no microorganisms have grown in the culture during incubation.
  • Microorganism Identification: If the culture test is positive, the report will have information about the specific microorganisms identified. This may include the genus and species of bacteria or fungi. 
  • Sensitivity Testing: In cases of bacterial infections, the blood culture report may include information on the sensitivity of the identified microorganism(s) to various antibiotics. 

Who should get the Blood Culture test?

The blood culture and sensitivity test is recommended for people who are at risk of blood infection and other related conditions. Here are some categories for recommending a blood culture and sensitivity test.

  • Fever of Unknown Origin (FUO): For people with persistent fever and the cause is not immediately apparent, a blood culture may be ordered to diagnose the possibility of a blood infection.
  • Symptoms of Sepsis: Sepsis is a severe condition caused by infection in the blood, which spreads throughout the body. If you are experiencing symptoms like high fever, rapid heart rate, confusion, and low pressure, your doctor may recommend this test.
  • Suspected Bacteremia or Septicemia: Symptoms like chills, high fever, rapid breathing, and high white blood cell count. Blood cultures may be conducted to confirm the presence of bacteria in the blood.
  • Endocarditis: Blood cultures are essential for diagnosing endocarditis, an infection of the heart valves or the heart's inner lining.
  • Bone or Joint Infections: Blood cultures may be part of the diagnostic process for patients with suspected bone or joint infections (e.g., osteomyelitis or septic arthritis).
  • Autoimmune diseases: People with weakened immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy, transplant recipients, or people with conditions like HIV/AIDS, may be more susceptible to infections. Blood cultures may be used as part of routine monitoring or in response to symptoms of infection. 
  • Post-Surgery or Medical Device-Related Infections: There is a risk of infection after certain surgeries or when medical devices (e.g., catheters) are in place. Blood cultures may be performed if infection is suspected.

What does the blood culture test detect?

The test is designed to detect the presence of microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, or viruses. The test detects:

  • Bacterial Infections: The bacteria can enter the blood through various means, including wounds and surgery. The test is effective in identifying bacterial infections in the blood. 
  • Fungal Infections: The test detects fungal infections, such as candidiasis or aspergillosis, which may be present in the blood.
  • Bacteria: Bacteria refers to the presence of bacteria in the blood. A blood CS test can confirm whether bacteria is present and, if so, identify the specific type of bacteria causing it. 
  • Septicemia:  Blood CS tests are crucial in diagnosing septicemia, a severe life-threatening condition where microorganisms have invaded the bloodstream, leading to systemic inflammation and organ dysfunction.
  • Endocarditis:  The test helps diagnose endocarditis, which is an infection of the heart valves or the heart's inner lining. 
  • Infectious Diseases: In some cases, blood cultures can detect specific infectious diseases, such as brucellosis or typhoid fever, which can manifest with bacteria in the bloodstream.

The blood culture test is highly specific for detecting the presence of microorganisms. Still, it does not provide information about other blood components, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets. A blood culture test results are crucial for accurately diagnosing and treating bloodstream infections.

What are the symptoms of blood infection?

The blood infection, also known as sepsis, causes symptoms like: 

  • Fever or Hypothermia
  • Rapid Heart Rate (Tachycardia)
  • Rapid Breathing (Tachypnea)
  • Confusion or Altered Mental Status
  • Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension)
  • Organ Dysfunction:
  • High White Blood Cell Count (Leukocytosis) or Low White Blood Cell Count (Leukopenia)
  • Difficulty in Breathing
  • Chills and shivering
  • Hypoxia
  • Gastrointestinal problems

If you or someone you know is exhibiting sepsis symptoms, consult your doctor and take a blood CS test. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are crucial for improving the chances of recovery. 

Symptoms of blood infection

The blood culture test price at Redcliffe Labs

The Blood culture test price at Redcliffe Labs is INR 1300. Reach out to us directly through our website or call us to take the test. We promise to fulfill all your requirements at competitive prices. We are committed to providing accurate and reliable diagnostic results within time. Our experienced laboratory professionals use cutting-edge equipment to ensure the highest quality testing. We have 80+ labs all over India and also provide home sample collection for your convenience. Book your blood culture test with us today!

Blood culture test price

Conclusion

The blood culture test helps diagnose blood infections, including sepsis, as well as related conditions like endocarditis and osteomyelitis. The test helps to confirm information that guides healthcare providers in selecting the most effective treatment strategies, improving patient outcomes, and preventing the spread of infections throughout the body. However, timely detection and appropriate management of blood infections are critical for patient safety and recovery. Therefore, when a healthcare provider recommends, it's essential to follow this diagnostic procedure to ensure optimal healthcare and well-being.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price of the blood culture test?
The blood culture test price at Redcliffe Labs is INR 1300. You can book your test online from our website.
    What is a blood culture test?
    The blood culture test identifies the presence of microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, or viruses, in the bloodstream. It helps diagnose bloodstream infections, sepsis, and related conditions by identifying the specific type of microorganism causing the infection.
      Why is the blood culture test done?
      The blood culture test diagnoses blood infections, such as bacteremia or septicemia, caused by microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, or viruses. The test is done to identify the cause of symptoms like high fever, chills, rapid heart rate, and confusion.
        How long do blood culture test results take?
        The blood culture reports take 4 to 5 days, as the blood sample is cultured for some days to see the microbial growth.
          Can blood culture tests detect HIV?
          No, the blood culture test cannot detect HIV, as it is not as specific as other methods, such as PCR or ELISA tests.
            How long does a blood culture test take?
            The blood culture test takes 10-15 minutes at most, as the blood will be taken 2-3 times from the different veins.
              Is fasting required for blood culture tests in adults?
              No, the blood culture test does not require fasting; you can eat and drink as usual before the test.
                What if the blood culture is positive?
                The positive reports of blood culture tests indicate the presence of microorganisms like fungi, bacteria, and viruses in the blood.
                  What is the normal value of blood culture?
                  The blood culture test has no normal values, as the results are defined positively and negatively. If there is the presence of germs in the blood, the result will be positive, and if not, the reports will show negative results.
                    Is the culture test painful?
                    The blood culture test is not painful. You might feel discomfort while pricking the needle during sample collection. Some people may feel a mild pinch or pressure at the puncture site, but this discomfort is common and not risky.

                      52% off for a limited period

                      Frequently Asked Questions

                      What is the price of the blood culture test?
                      The blood culture test price at Redcliffe Labs is INR 1300. You can book your test online from our website.
                        What is a blood culture test?
                        The blood culture test identifies the presence of microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, or viruses, in the bloodstream. It helps diagnose bloodstream infections, sepsis, and related conditions by identifying the specific type of microorganism causing the infection.
                          Why is the blood culture test done?
                          The blood culture test diagnoses blood infections, such as bacteremia or septicemia, caused by microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, or viruses. The test is done to identify the cause of symptoms like high fever, chills, rapid heart rate, and confusion.
                            How long do blood culture test results take?
                            The blood culture reports take 4 to 5 days, as the blood sample is cultured for some days to see the microbial growth.
                              Can blood culture tests detect HIV?
                              No, the blood culture test cannot detect HIV, as it is not as specific as other methods, such as PCR or ELISA tests.
                                How long does a blood culture test take?
                                The blood culture test takes 10-15 minutes at most, as the blood will be taken 2-3 times from the different veins.
                                  Is fasting required for blood culture tests in adults?
                                  No, the blood culture test does not require fasting; you can eat and drink as usual before the test.
                                    What if the blood culture is positive?
                                    The positive reports of blood culture tests indicate the presence of microorganisms like fungi, bacteria, and viruses in the blood.
                                      What is the normal value of blood culture?
                                      The blood culture test has no normal values, as the results are defined positively and negatively. If there is the presence of germs in the blood, the result will be positive, and if not, the reports will show negative results.
                                        Is the culture test painful?
                                        The blood culture test is not painful. You might feel discomfort while pricking the needle during sample collection. Some people may feel a mild pinch or pressure at the puncture site, but this discomfort is common and not risky.