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Serum, NA, Fasting or Non Fasting: As suggested by doctor

sample requiredSample Required:

This test necessitates the collection of a little stool sample. You will be provided with a collection kit and instructions on how to collect the sample at home.

test timeTest Time:

The test results are usually available within a few days after submitting the stool sample to a laboratory.

test normal rangeTest Normal Range:

The normal range for the OBS test is typically “negative.” This means that no occult (hidden) blood is detected in the stool sample. If blood is detected, it is considered abnormal and may warrant further investigation.

what is the testWhat is the Test?

The OBS (Occult Blood in Stool) Test is used to detect small amounts of blood in the stool that are not visible to the naked eye. It is often used as a screening tool for gastrointestinal bleeding or to detect early signs of colorectal cancer.

test procedureTest Procedure:

You will receive a collection kit that includes a container for collecting a small stool sample. You will collect a small sample of your stool using the provided container. The sample is subsequently sent to a laboratory for analysis. In the laboratory, the stool sample is tested for the presence of occult (hidden) blood using chemical reagents.

when to take the testWhen to Take the Test:

This test may be recommended as part of a routine screening for colorectal cancer, especially for individuals over a certain age or those with a family history of colorectal cancer. It may also be ordered if there are symptoms suggestive of gastrointestinal bleeding, such as unexplained anemia or blood in the stool.

who should take this testWho Should Take This Test:

The OBS test is typically recommended for individuals over the age of 50 as a part of routine colorectal cancer screening. However, it may be recommended earlier or more frequently for individuals with a higher risk of colorectal cancer.

precautions for exceptional casesPrecautions for Exceptional Cases (Pregnancy, etc.):

There are usually no specific precautions related to pregnancy for this test. However, inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, as they may consider alternative tests or adjustments in the screening schedule.


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q1: Is the OBS test the same as a colonoscopy?

A: No, the OBS test is a non-invasive stool test used to detect hidden blood in the stool. A colonoscopy is an invasive procedure that involves a camera examination of the entire colon and rectum.

Q2: What can cause a positive OBS test result?

A: A positive result could be due to various factors, including hemorrhoids, gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, or colorectal polyps.

Q3: How often should I have an OBS test?

A: The frequency of testing depends on your age, family history, and risk factors. Your doctor will advise you on a suitable screening schedule.

Q4: Is the OBS test painful or uncomfortable?

A: No, the OBS test is non-invasive and painless.It entails taking a tiny stool sample at home.

Q5: Can dietary choices affect the test results?

Yes, certain foods and medications can affect the results. Your healthcare provider may provide guidance on dietary restrictions before the test.

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