Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) | Diagnosis & Tests

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How will my doctor know I have MRSA?

Several tests can show if you have MRSA. Your doctor may swab your wound or nasal passages. He or she may also take a sample of urine or blood to send to the laboratory. Results of this type of test (called a culture) should be ready in about 24 to 48 hours.

A new test called a rapid blood test provides results more quickly -- in about 2 hours. While new, this test is becoming more widely available.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 07/09

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