Cultures are used to identify the organism causing the infection. Cultures are simple, quick and safe.
Cultures are frequently used when infections treated with the appropriate antibiotics have not completely resolved. Cultures are becoming more important with the emergence of bacteria resistant to common antibiotics. Patients have access to our in-house microbiology laboratory overseen by our experienced microbiologist. The cultures obtained allow Dr. Zadeh to determine the source of the patient’s infection.
A culture can be obtained by simply swabbing the discharge from the area of infection. This can be done with direct visualization or endoscopically. The procedure is pain-free and takes seconds. Culture results return in about 2-3 days and include the type of bacteria and a list of antibiotics that will effectively treat the infection. All culture specimens are also tested for fungus.