Sputum Culture

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Also known as: Respiratory Culture
Formal name: Culture, sputum

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect and identify the cause of bacterial pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections; to monitor the effectiveness of treatment

When to Get Tested?

When you have symptoms associated with a lower respiratory tract infection; when you have been treated for bacterial pneumonia

Sample Required?

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