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
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