CULTURE REPORT (CSF.SPUTUM ETC)
Why to get tested?
To detect and identify the cause of bacterial pneumonia or some other lower respiratory tract infections; to monitor the efficacy of treatment
When to get tested?
When you have symptoms associated with a lower respiratory tract infection; when you have been treated for bacterial pneumonia or any other lower respiratory tract infection
What sample needed?
A sputum sample (deep respiratory secretions, not saliva), usually collected first thing in the morning; sometimes, depending on the infection, up to 3 sputum samples might be collected over consecutive days.
What preparation I need before test?
You may be instructed to rinse your mouth out with water prior to collection and to avoid food for 1-2 hours before the sample is collected.