Salmonella spp

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Salmonella are gram-negative, flagellated, facultative intracellular, anaerobic bacilli with O, H and Vi surface antigens. Once ingested, Salmonella survives the gastric acid barrier and penetrates the epithelial cells of the small and large intestines. The invasion of the epithelial cells stimulates the release of cytokines and a subsequent inflammatory response leading to diarrhea and possible ulceration of the mucosa.[NCBI Books: 8435] Antibodies to Salmonella are the body's defense when the bacteria is outside of its host cell which occurs at the initial infection and when the bacillus moves from cell to cell. There is a 10 minute window of opportunity when the Salmonella bacillus leaves the macrophage to invade another. During that time, antibodies and complement work to eradicate the bacilli, but some of the extracellular bacilli will evade attack and enter another host cell. Studies have shown that vaccines play an important role in the fight against typhoid fever

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Blood

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Purpose of the test

The primary objective of the Salmonella spp. test is to swiftly detect the presence of Salmonella spp. in samples. Salmonella enterica infection in humans can lead to various clinical symptoms, and the test aims to provide a rapid diagnosis to facilitate timely treatment and prevent complications.

Who Should Get Tested

Individuals exhibiting clinical symptoms caused by Salmonella enterica infection should be tested. This includes symptoms of typhoid, caused by serotypes Typhi and Paratyphi of Salmonella enterica, and other clinical manifestations like diarrheal diseases caused by non-typhoidal Salmonella (NTS). The test is especially crucial for individuals in regions with a high prevalence of these infections, including adults infected with HIV and young children in certain parts of Africa.

Blood Test Preparation Guidelines
Time of day
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It is recommended to schedule your appointment for blood tests in the morning hours between 7:00-10:00.
Fasting
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It is recommended to fast for approximately 12 hours before blood sampling. The last meal of the previous day should ideally be consumed around 6:00 p.m. On the day before the test, avoid heavy and fatty meals as well as alcohol.
Stay hydrated
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Drinking water prior to testing can help with sample collection.
Other factors
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Tests should not be performed after a sleepless night or intense physical activity. It is recommended to avoid exercise and stress immediately before blood collection and to not smoke. A short rest is recommended.
Medications and supplements:
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Blood samples should be collected before the morning dose. Some drugs can interfere with test results. Consult with your doctor whether you can delay your dose because of lab tests.
Biotin supplements:
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High doses of biotin supplements can affect test results, causing false elevation or reduction. It's recommended to avoid taking biotin for at least 72 hours before blood collection. If you are taking biotin, inform the personnel collecting the blood so that they can provide specific instructions.
Interpreting Test Results

A positive result indicates the presence of Salmonella spp. in the sample, confirming the infection. This would necessitate appropriate medical intervention. A negative result suggests the absence of the bacteria, but it's essential to consider other diagnostic tests and clinical symptoms before ruling out an infection. The rapid and accurate diagnosis provided by the test can reduce the risk of complications and shorten the treatment duration.

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