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Sputum Culture/Sensitivity

Also known as: Respiratory Culture
Formal name: Culture, sputum
Related tests: Gram Stain, Susceptibility Testing, AFB Smear and Culture, Blood Culture, Fungal Tests, CBC

Why should I do it?
To detect and identify the cause of bacterial pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections; to monitor the effectiveness of treatment

When should I do it?
When you have symptoms associated with a lower respiratory tract infection; when you have been treated for bacterial pneumonia

What Kind of Sample is Needed?
A fresh sputum sample (deep respiratory secretions, not saliva), usually collected first thing in the morning

Test Preparation Needed?
Rinse mouth out with water prior to collection