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As part of making a diagnosis of Vibrio cholerae, the doctor will ask about the patient's medical history and will also perform a physical exam to look for signs of cholera. It is possible that the doctor will also look at a stool sample under a microscope in order to make a diagnosis of Vibrio cholerae.

 

An Introduction to Diagnosis of Vibrio Cholerae

In order to make a diagnosis of Vibrio cholerae, the doctor will ask a number of questions about:
 
  • Current medicines
  • Current medical conditions
  • Recent history of foods or drinks that have been consumed
  • Recent travel history.
     
The doctor will also perform a physical exam (to look for signs of cholera and fluid loss) as part of making a diagnosis of Vibrio cholerae. If the doctor suspects cholera, he or she will ask for a stool sample.
 

Using a Stool Sample for a Diagnosis of Vibrio Cholerae

Looking at a stool sample under a microscope can help the doctor make a diagnosis of Vibrio cholerae (see Pictures of Cholera). If your doctor performs this test, he or she will look for Vibrio cholerae within the stool. The stool sample can also be sent to a laboratory for analysis.
 
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