Specimen: Submit 5-10 mL (1 mL min.) Sputum in a sterile screw capped container. Ship refrigerated.
Stability (Room): 2 hrs
Stability (Refrigerated): 48 hrs
Stability (Frozen): N/A
Method: Conventional culture, Automated-MIC, MALDITOF-MS, KBDD
Comment: If AFB is suspected, use test code M050 CULTURE AFB, RAPID. If fungus is suspected, use test code M104 CULTURE FUNGUS, and/or M096 CULTURE FUNGUS, NOCARDIA.
Price: Contact Medilab
Turnaround time (TAT): 3 days
Usage: Common organisms isolated are S.aureus, Pseudomonas, Coliform bacilli. On identification of the organism, antibiotic susceptibilities are performed that aid in selection of appropriate antibiotic for treatment.
Specialty: Physician, Chest Physician
Disease: Physician, Chest Physician
Components: Includes ANTIBIOTIC SENSITIVITY if indicated
Home Collection: Available
Pre-test Information: No special preparation required