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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?

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

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Gram Stain (Definition)

The two major families of common bacteria are distinguished by the chemistry of their walls, specifically the ability of iodine to mordant their staining with crystal violet and prevent its being removed with strong solvent. Gram positives include staph and strep, while gram negatives include e. Coli. The stain has been in use for around 150 years and remains the ...Read more


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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

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What is this test for :CULT & GRAM STAIN SPUTUM.

What is this test for :CULT & GRAM STAIN SPUTUM.

Infection?: Gram stain of any body fluid or tissue is for microscopic visualization of bacteria and other organisms. Cult refers to "culture" which is where the tissue or fluid sample is placed in a special medium that allows any organisms that may have infected the tissue to grow. This allows clear identification of which if any organisms are causing infection. ...Read more

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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?

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

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CULT & GRAM STAIN SPUTUM, is this type of test is good to look for actinomyces, mold and fungis? I

CULT & GRAM STAIN SPUTUM, is this type of test is good to look for actinomyces, mold and fungis? I

Need more info: This organism can be difficult to isolate since they are facultative anaerobes, but the Gram's stain of clinical materials is usually very very suggestive, depending upon the site from which the specimen was obtained. This is a common cause of osteomyelitis of the bones of the jaw. Routine cultures are not a good way to look for molds and other fungi except for yeast-like fungi. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does Dr. K know for certain that all these bites people describe as spider bites are MRSA if he hasn't cultured them or preformed a gram stain?

How does Dr. K know for certain that all these bites people describe as spider bites are MRSA if he hasn't cultured them or preformed a gram stain?

MRSA: Because there is an epidemic happening in the world. MRSA lesions are abscesses. Sitting at home with an abscess is unwise. MRSA has an appearance that is classic. And this classic appearance is described nearly identically by patients in my office, by email, online, and by the phone. Regular skin cellulitis or staph is not described as bites. Go to the doctor. Let them examine and test you. ...Read more

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Wondering what my sinus culture means? Gram Stain: Many polys Mod squamous epith cells Rare pos cocci  

Wondering what my sinus culture means? Gram Stain: Many polys Mod squamous epith cells Rare pos cocci  

Sinus culture: Sinus culture shows growth of microorganisms such as bacterial or fungus etc. If culture is positive for some microorganism, then it can be treated accordingly. Squamous cells can be seen in sinus contents. ...Read more

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Gram stain neg for semen. Culture in process, can it still show prostatitis? If culture is also neg then what describes my voiding problems? I'm 22, virgin.

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
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Gram stain neg for semen. Culture in process, can it still show prostatitis? If culture is also neg then what describes my voiding problems? I'm 22, virgin.

Here are some...: Known to us, many men have been labeled with the diagnosis of chronic prostatitis due to their irritatiive voiding symptoms although most of them may have no documented infection, but have some irritation to nerve-endings to local tissues. To deduce what should be done, more info is needed. How to get these done correctly, go to articles in http://formefirst. Com/onBPH-LUTS-VoidingTrouble. Html. ...Read more

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My sputum culture came back as gram positive cocci...what could I have? I've had two rounds of antibiotics and im still coughing

My sputum culture came back as gram positive cocci...what could I have? I've had two rounds of antibiotics and im still coughing

GPC: Gram positive cocci refer to the description of the bacteria. The next part of the description that you did not mention is the grouping of the bacteria. Like gram positive cocci in chains, clusters or pairs. That helps define what they are. In general GPC are staphlococcus, streptococcus and enterococcus species. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about a sputum culture that came back gram positive cocci?

Should I be concerned about a sputum culture that came back gram positive cocci?

Sputum: Sputum gram stain and cultures are generally not useful. Why was yours done? A culture/gram stain done from another source may be better. ...Read more

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Gram stain and nongonococcal urethritis, what is this?

Gram stain and nongonococcal urethritis, what is this?

Lab test and result: Gram stain is applied with an eye dropper to a slide and taken up by the bacterial. It affects the way bacteria present in concentrated urine appears under the microscope. Non gonococcal urithritis is a type of urinary tract infection caused by a bacteria other than gonococcus. (e coli for example as seen in the photo I posted). ...Read more

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What's a rare gram negative rods mean? It was taken vaginally via gram stain.

What's a rare gram negative rods mean? It was taken vaginally via gram stain.

This could be normal: Bacteria are classified, broadly, as being gram-negative or gram-positive (retains violet dye color after staining--gram stain-- a lab slide with specimen on it). And either being rod (cylindrical/barrel shaped) or spherical (cocci) when viewed under a microscope. Gram negative rods are very common in the genital tract, and it sounds like you don't have too many. I say probably normal. Good wishes ...Read more

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Pls interpret result in my gram stain. Gm Stain (-), Polymorphonuclear-Moderate, Epi cells-Moderate, Gm (+)Cocci pairs-Few, Gm (+)bacili-Mod, Gm (-)bacili-rare

Gram stain: You don't mention what the specimen is but I'm guessing it's a sputum sample? Looks like mixed flora, probably normal oropharyngeal flora, pretty nonspecific. ...Read more

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Spotted fever gram stain?

Gram Negative: Gram-negative bacteria are bacteria that do not retain crystal violet dye in the gram staining protocol. In a gram stain test, a counterstain is added after the crystal violet, coloring all gram-negative bacteria with a red or pink color. - wikipedia

r. Rickettsii are gram negative bacteria. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: gram stain?

For bacteria: The two major families of common bacteria are distinguished by the chemistry of their walls, specifically the ability of iodine to mordant their staining with crystal violet and prevent its being removed with strong solvent. Gram positives include staph and strep, while gram negatives include e. Coli. The stain has been in use for around 150 years and remains the most popular in bacteriology. ...Read more

Dr. Layne Gentry
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Sputum (Definition)

Sputum is mucus that comes up from the lungs and can be ...Read more