Refrigerating stool samples?

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littlegirlwithblueeyes
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   Posted 9/9/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had to do three sets of stool samples in the past nine months, and this is the first time I've heard to refrigerate the samples. They're in the fridge right now, but one of them was unrefrigerated for almost 24 hours. Have I done something horribly wrong? sad
~Lily~
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In the process of being diagnosed, suspected Crohn's.
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MAG102886
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   Posted 9/9/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I was always told to take it in "fresh", meaning take the cup home and whenever I go to the bathroom bring it straight back to the doctor. I dont know for sure though if you did something wrong, but thats what they always tell me to do.

Dianogsed with Crohns at 16, 21 yrs old now.
Surgeries:1 Bowel Resection, Gallbladder Removed. Another Resection Scheduled for September.
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littlegirlwithblueeyes
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   Posted 9/9/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I've always been given them to take home and bring back the next day, the only reason I didn't give them up today is because the requisition form was forgotten...now I'm paranoid. mad
~Lily~
Proud big sister of Nathan James (1992), Sidney Carolin (1999), and Blaine Robert Nicholas (2005). Biology does not matter in the face of love.
In the process of being diagnosed, suspected Crohn's.
"Every day, I wake up and decide: Today, I am going to love my life." ~Carrie Hamilton


sammies
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   Posted 9/9/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
some tests need refrigeration and some don't. Bring them in. You may need to do one again. The Lab SHOULD have marked the bottles for you with "refrigerate."

Aren't those stool samples yucky? I felt like a chemist with my own poo--some sort of deranged scientist. And with D, blood, and lots of food in my stool--oh my goodness.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa, just started humira


littlegirlwithblueeyes
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
The "refrigerate" was in the bag with both, so I assumed they wanted to do both.

The stool samples are fun times! It's actually kind of scary to look at my own poo because it looks alarming. I'm not sure if I've got any blood in it (I do have "bloody stool" but it's more like blood coming out of my bum, ewwwww blush), but I collected one this morning that was primarily clear mucus with a tiny bit of stool. How in the world does that even *happen*!?!
~Lily~
Proud big sister of Nathan James (1992), Sidney Carolin (1999), and Blaine Robert Nicholas (2005). Biology does not matter in the face of love.
In the process of being diagnosed, suspected Crohn's.
"Every day, I wake up and decide: Today, I am going to love my life." ~Carrie Hamilton


ivy6
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, the bowel produces a huge amount of mucus each day (seven litres, from memory). In a healthy bowel, the mucus reabsorbed. If the bowel is irritated the mucus isn't reabsorbed, and that's why it comes out when we have bms.

Hope this helps!!

Ivy.
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littlegirlwithblueeyes
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
ivy6 said...
Well, the bowel produces a huge amount of mucus each day (seven litres, from memory). In a healthy bowel, the mucus reabsorbed. If the bowel is irritated the mucus isn't reabsorbed, and that's why it comes out when we have bms.

Hope this helps!!

Ivy.


I never knew that! My BMs were normal for most of my life but started being mucus-y when I got sick, so I knew it had to be related, I just wasn't sure how.
~Lily~
Proud big sister of Nathan James (1992), Sidney Carolin (1999), and Blaine Robert Nicholas (2005). Biology does not matter in the face of love.
In the process of being diagnosed, suspected Crohn's.
"Every day, I wake up and decide: Today, I am going to love my life." ~Carrie Hamilton


d2parrotperson
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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Last time I was in the hospital I, of ocurse, ahd to poo in the "hat" they use to measure volume. I had not eaten in like 5 days and the nurse asked me if I was urinating in the hat. I told her no, and she was shocked that I was still able to put out so much with no food!
150mg Azathioprine, Lomotil, Iron, Nexium 2/day, Fentanyl patch, Oxycodone, Baclofin
Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Several bulging discs, Bone spurs, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Reflux, Stenosis, Strictures, Dengenerating facet joints
2 resections
 
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