When should cultures of nasal secretions be obtained for acute sinusitis (sinus infection)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Cultures of nasal secretions are of limited value because they are usually contaminated by normal flora. Consequently, cultures are not routinely obtained in the evaluation of acute sinusitis; however, they should be obtained in a patient in intensive care or with immunocompromise, in children not responding to appropriate medical management, and in patients with complications of sinusitis.

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