A stool test examines the stool (feces). Stool tests are useful for investigating problems in the stomach, intestine or other parts of the digestive system.
A stool test may be done to check for:
Screening for colorectal cancer uses stool tests to check for bleeding inside the GI tract. Find out more about screening for colorectal cancer.
There are several different types of stool tests. The type of stool test used depends on why the test is being done and what the doctor is looking for. Some types of stool tests are:
Unlike most other lab tests, stool is usually collected at home. Some tips for collecting a stool specimen include:
At the laboratory, the stool sample is analyzed and examined under a microscope.
In general, normal stool appears brown, soft and well-formed in consistency. It does not contain blood, mucus, pus, harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites.
Abnormal results may be due to:
The doctor will decide if more tests, procedures, follow-up care or additional treatment are needed.
Within about 12 hours of being at Camp Goodtime, everything started to change, and that week was cathartic, transformative. It was the first time I got to know myself.
For cancer survivors, the Canadian Cancer Society provides a unique opportunity to celebrate their courage in the fight against cancer. During hundreds of Relay For Life events across the country, thousands of survivors join together for the Survivors’ Victory Lap.