A duodenal tissue culture is a laboratory exam to check a piece of tissue from the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) for infection-causing organisms.
Duodenal tissue culture
How the test is performed
A piece of tissue from the first part of the small intestine is taken during an upper endoscopy (
The sample is then sent to a lab, and placed in a special dish (culture media) that allows bacteria or viruses to grow. The sample is placed under a microscope and checked at regular time periods to see if there are any organisms present and if they are growing.
Any organisms that grow on the culture are identified.
How to prepare for the test
This article discusses the culture test. For information on how to prepare for an upper endoscopy and biopsy procedure, see
Why the test is performed
A culture of duodenal tissue is done to check for bacteria that may lead to certain illnesses and conditions.
Review Date: 04/18/2010
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; George F Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.