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Test Code SPUTC Culture, Sputum

Additional Information

Gram stain included

Reflex Tests

Susceptibility testing only performed on isolates considered clinically significant

Collection Container

Sterile sealed container

Specimen Required

Sputum (expectorated or induced), endotracheal aspirate

Specimen Volume

5 mL

Minimum Specimen Volume

Greater than 1.0 mL preferred, however any amount of specimen will be processed

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

24 hours refrigerated

Reasons for Rejection

If the specimen is microscopically consistent with saliva it is unacceptable for culture. The submitting location will be notified, charge for culture will be cancelled and charge issued for gram stain only.

Days and Times Performed

7 days/week

Turnaround Time

2 - 3 days

Reference Ranges

Normal flora isolated



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