Rectal culture is a laboratory test to identify organisms in the rectum that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms and disease.
Culture - rectal
A cotton swab is inserted into the rectum, rotated gently, and removed. A smear of the swab is placed in culture media to encourage the growth of bacteria and other organisms. The laboratory technician watches the culture for growth.
When growth is observed, the organisms can be identified. Further tests...Read more