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MYCOLOGY CULTURE, SPUTUM

Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code FCR
Performed by? Microbiology (Mycology)
Sendout? no
Price range $$
In House Availability Mon. - Fri., day shift
Principle Sputum is plated on media that support the growth of fungi. Negative cultures are reported after 4 weeks. Positive results are reported when fungi are recovered.
Container type sterile, screw-capped container
Collection Instructions The patient should rinse his mouth with clear water and collect the first morning sputum in a sterile screw-cap container, which should not be left open to be contaminated with environmental organisms.
Sample type Sputum
Synonyms Fungus Culture, Sputum;
Stability Deliver to the Microbiology Laboratory (2M33) as soon as possible or hold a 4°C if delivery will be delayed for more than 2 hours.
Additional information Specimens containing food, vomitus, toothpaste, or consisting entirely of saliva are unsatisfactory.
References Isenberg, HD (ed), Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, Vol. 1, ASM Press, Washington DC, 1992.
CPT coding 87102
Last Updated 1/16/2009 12:30:31 PM
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