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Commensal Flora In Sputum
How to interpret sputum test results: Few polymorphonuclear cells seen No squamous epithelial cells seen Mixed bacteria COMMENSAL FLORA?
Mgt.: There is probably no infection related to this sample, but a culture can be sent to confirm. A cytologic analysis can also be performed to rule out malignancy. ...Read more
Seminal fluid result: microscopy: few gram +ve cocci seen. Few pus cells seen. Cultures: moderate growth of skin/commensal flora. Is it infection.
What does Gram positive cocci in chains, Moderate WBC and Normal upper respiratory flora in sputum mean?
Inflammation: A sputum gram stain/ culture that demonstrates what you mention suggests that there is no "pathologic" bacteria, or disease causing bacteria but something is causing inflammation, as noted by the white blood cells. This doesn't mean that you have a bacterial infection though. Normal flora is just that, bacteria that you commonly find in the upper respiratory tract (everything above the rib cage) ...Read more
I had a sputum test and the resulta were as follows - Few epithelial cells, few white cells. Mixed flora seen on gram stain. What does this mean?
Sputum culture showed normal flora. Gram stain showed mod. Amt of gram positive and neg. Bacilli and mod. Amt of gram positive cocci. Few wbc. Concerns?
No.: From your description, it sounds like the diagnosis was normal flora present. The bacilli and cocci with few WBCs are just describing that. Normal flora is a mixed population like that described. When one has an infection, the causative organism will predominate and will likely be the only thing present. There will also usually be numerous WBCs as these are your cells that fight infection. ...Read more
SPUTUM Gram Stain1+ Squamous Epithelial Cells 2+ Polymorphonuclear Leukocytes 2+ Mixed Gram Positive Organisms 2+ Normal Flora Is this normal.?
Non diagnostic: The squamous epithelium means the sputum came from mouth not lungs (no squamous in lungs/bronchi) but leukocytes means infection. So, this sputum has infection but can't use it to diagnose due to contamination from mouth normal saliva that has usual mouth bacteria (called normal flora). Actinomycosis is being appropriately treated with penicillin. Discuss with your doc to see if need sputum resent ...Read more
Too many to list: Several dozen are commonly found. The complexity will be apparent to you as you review http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC1287824/ ...Read more
What does Mixed flora, and many WBC's and few epithelial cells mean in a sputum culture? I have CVID and interstitial lung disease.
Nt that useful: Mixed flora means they were not able to identify a particular organism; basically it can't be used to dictate therapy. ...Read more
See below: Sputum is the mucus that you cough up. A culture means that the specimen (in this case sputum) is plated on a plate with growth medium and incubated to test for any bacteria (or fungi). The purpose is to see if an infection is causing an illness. If bacteria grows, it is identified with various reagents and then tested for antibiotic susceptibility for treatment purposes. ...Read more
Talk to your doctor: Blood in sputum is never normal. Depending on the patient's age, health and lung condition (s), it can be something that needs an immediate full-scale evaluation or a brief time to see if it comes back. Let your doctor know what you are seeing and whether there are other symptoms such as fever, weight loss, shortness of breath or other new problems. Good luck! ...Read more
Monitor closely!: Blood in sputum is usually due to a respiratory infection, with blood coming from superficial blood vessels traumatized by coughing, and should resolve as one recovers. However, other causes exist and the amount of blood expelled, and for how long, needs to be monitored closely. If it frank blood, instead of blood tinged sputum, or ever more than a tablespoon, please call your doctor immediately. ...Read more
E. coli is a GI bug: This almost doesn't quite make sense - for someone to have E. coli in the sputum means that something from the GI tract contaminated that. This can occur with aspiration pneumonia (a patient vomits and then gets pneumonia from that) or, rarely, there is E. coli in the blood stream that settles into the lungs. To me, it's a matter of matching the lab findings with what's going on with the patient. ...Read more
Yes: Except for the transient coughing of blood with a chest cold, this is always a danger sign. Your physician knows what to do. ...Read more
Are referring: To mucus in the back of your throat? It is actually flowing during the day too, but gravity pulls it down. At night it pools in the throat and you can wake up with a bunch of yuck. ...Read more
Culture: A culture is more sensitive for smaller amounts of infection not easily seen by smear, but it does usually take a bit longer. ...Read more
Cough since 2 months and light green coloured sputum. Cough only in dusty surroundings. Pls help?
See doctor: Sound s like you have an infection. You should see your doctor for treatment. ...Read more
What can cause atypical cells in a sputum ctyology? They are non cancerous, what could be the other cause?
Possible ca: Cells appearing in the sputum come from tracheobronchial tree or oronasophanyx. The appearance of atypia may mean that such cells are in transition and that with time a malignant phenotype will appear. Follw up with chest films and oral exam needed until symptoms resolve or progress. ...Read more
My x-ray, sputum (nil) and mantoux text are positive for t.B but I don't have any symptoms. How is this possible?
You can be infected with TB without having symptoms. Tb can also be inactive for long periods of time, however, having a positive xray suggests you have active disease. This website ay be helpful:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/tuberculosis/ds00372. ...Read more