What is the appearance of Klebsiellae on sputum Gram strain?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Obtain a sputum sample for Gram stain. Klebsiellae appear as short, plump, gram-negative bacilli. They are usually surrounded by a capsule that appears as a clear space.

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