Which sputum specimens are suitable for culture in bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Cultures of the sputum have similar limitations. To be accurate, only specimens that have been examined microscopically and that have satisfied the criteria above should be submitted for culturing.

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