CHOC Children’s Laboratory Services is one of the only dedicated pediatric labs in Southern California. We specialize in providing children with the most pleasant lab experience possible—even when it comes to having blood drawn. All of our phlebotomists (people specially trained to draw blood) have at least two years of experience working with children before coming to CHOC and attend a very special four-week training course upon being hired to work with our patients.
We pride ourselves on processing blood, urine and stool tests as quickly and efficiently as possible using the very latest equipment and expert staff. Physicians connected to our computer network are often able to get routine results within 60 minutes.
Many of our gastroenterology patients will undergo laboratory tests, including:
- Blood tests. Blood is often drawn to evaluate whether your child is anemic, has an infection or has an illness caused by inflammation or irritation. Learn more about blood tests at CHOC.
- Stool culture. A stool culture checks for the presence of abnormal bacteria or blood in the digestive tract that may cause diarrhea, infection and other problems. A small sample of stool is collected and sent to the laboratory. Some results may take several days, especially when looking for a bacteria. Learn more about stool tests.
- Urine analysis and culture. Urine analysis is done to help assess for urinary tract infections.