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Pus In Sputum
Hi, I'm 22 yrs old, F. Just wanna ask about my sputum results. 1stday: No AFB seen, PUS cells:few, Epithelial cells:few. 2nd day same except PUS:rare?
Pus cells;WBCs: Pus cells are white blood cells. It is normal to have a few or rare pus cells in a sputum but it would be concerning for infection if there were large numbers of them. AFB are acid fast bacilli and these are a marker for tuberculosis. The results are normal on both days with no sign of infection or AFB. However if they are concerned about TB with you then a sputum culture is needed. ...Read more
I took a SPUTUM SMEAR TEST for AFB. Report has come as AFB NOT DETECTED. Pus cells present 40-45/HPF. What does this mean. I am 52 year old Male?
Gram stain sputum- presence of few epithelial cells, moderate number of pus cells, few gram positive cocci in chain observed in smear What does this in?
Sputum gram stain: Sputum gram stain testing is not done nearly as often as it once was, since we now know it usually isn't very helpful in diagnosis. The white blood cells (pus cells) suggest infection like bronchitis or pneumonia -- but it's usually possible to judge this just by appearance of the sputum (e.g., yellow or green mucus). Gram pos cocci could be entirely normal bacteria. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
What are the causes of pus in the lymp node in neck right side? Is it tb? Chest xray & sputum is normal. Esr is 48mm& eosophils is 08%.
Need more info: This could be one of many diagnoses and needs to be discussed with the doctors who have the results of the tests. Can be tuberculosis, as well as other infectious or non-infectious inflammatory conditions. The eosinophilia is compatible with TB, but also with other diseases. Good luck. ...Read more
Supra cavicular lymphadenopathy wit probable central necrosis Chest xray n sputum clear ESR 48mm& Eonsophils 08% Pus in lymp node causes? M 20 female.
Infected node: Supraclavicular nodes are either primarily involved with infectious process derived from lung but ruled out by chest film. Occassional neoplastic spread to node can cause necrosis but more frequently enlarges. Best approach is to biopsy node and culture the necrotic area. Cause if no malignancy present will be detemined by organism grown out. ...Read more
I have red tonsils and throat for a month with no pain, cough, sputum or white spots on them. I put cotton on them and I saw blood and pus on it. Why?
Red tonsils: The redness is a sign of inflammation. Tonsils are a lymph gland that can swell with any type of infection. They trap dead/dying white blood cells. The blood is likely from the raw surface due to swelling - and the pus is likely from a low grade viral infection you have. Are you running a fever? I would monitor it for several days. If it continues you should see a doctor. ...Read more
Drainage year round. No runny nose. Throat can be scratchy and singing gives hoarse-ish sound. Can often hack up a little colored sputum into the sink. Tips?
Sick for about a week now. I have coughing, nasal congestion, sputum is thick and yellow, very sore throat, I have white pus on my tonsils, no energy.
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
Pus may be infection: Pus is formed when the body is fighting an infection. It may be a sign of a healthy immune system, ergo the term "laudable pus". Pus is full of white blood cells (which fight infection) and microorganisms causing the infection. However, when pus collects in a cavity it forms an abscess. Pus should be drained from wounds to help fight the infection and help the wound to heal normally. ...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