What is Stool Examination (Occult Blood) test?
Small amounts of hidden bleeding, especially from the stomach, are difficult to detect without non-invasive testing. Occult blood test helps to detect hidden bleeding from the stool sample/fecal matter by detecting minute levels of hemoglobin.
Why get the Stool Examination (Occult Blood) test?
The Faecal Occult Blood Test is used to screen for cancers or polyps in the stomach and intestine. Elderly individuals should do this test at least once a year. Those with persistent anemia or low hemoglobin should do this test for three consecutive days.
When to take this test?
Frequency to repeat test
Based on doctor advice
Precautions to be taken before for the test
No particular precautions are required, unless it is recommended by your doctor.
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