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What type of doctor can order a sputum culture?

What type of doctor can order a sputum culture?

Who is treating you: Whoever is trying to make a diagnosis on you---as you have a productive cough and the doc wants to know what bug is causing it, he/she simply orders a sputum culture. ...Read more

Dr. Layne Gentry
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Sputum (Definition)

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Hello doctor I am having brown specks in my sputum . But sputum is clear. I am an former smoker?

Hello doctor I am having brown specks in my sputum . But sputum is clear. I am an former smoker?

Sputum specks: Two screening tests to check for lung malignancy would be a chest ct scan and a sputum cytology examination. If these are negative, a thorough nose and throat examination by an otolaryngologist would be a next step if these specks continue or if spots of blood show up. ...Read more

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Hello doc. I am cough and sputum a lot by the way I am a smoker is there something that i can do?

Hello doc.  I am cough and sputum a lot by the way I am a smoker is there something that i can do?

Yes, stop smoking: The first thing to do is to stop smoking immediately. Smoking irritates the lining of the lungs and this can cause secretions to build up that need to be coughed up. If this persists after being off cigarettes for a few weeks, you should see your physician. Just stop! ...Read more

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What can a sputum sample tell doctors?

What can a sputum sample tell doctors?

The most: Important information would be the presence of inflammatory cells supporting an infection, and more specifically bacteria. If present the culture can guide the choice of the most effective antibitioics. ...Read more

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I have tuberculosis. Is it normal that my doctors are asking for sputum for afb test again after 1 month?

I have tuberculosis. Is it normal that my doctors are asking for sputum for afb test again after 1 month?

Yes: Depending on the exact kind of tuberculosis (TB) germ, doctors usually want to keep close track of the patient to see if the germs are disappearing. There are several medicines to take for tb, and some germs are resistant to some of them. Your doctors want to know if you are "winning the battle" against your tb. Keep taking all of your medicines and follow your doctor's instructions. Good luck! ...Read more

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I always have purulent sputum (sometimes green, sometimes yellow, sometimes brown) all winter long. Should i sheck up with doctors?

I always have purulent sputum (sometimes green, sometimes yellow, sometimes brown) all winter long. Should i sheck up with doctors?

Yes: Absolutely. You should see a pulmonary specialist. If you have purulent sputum daily, at your age, your doctor needs to take a history and be prepared for other tests in case that doesn't lead to an answer. Probably allergies, but there could be asthma, cystic fibrosis and other much rarer problems behind this. If you smoke, step one is stop. Get help from your doctor with this. ...Read more

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What can a doctor learn from a patient's sputum sample?

What can a doctor learn from a patient's sputum sample?

Infections: sputum comes from further down the throat and respiratory tact while spit is from the mouth. Throat and upper respiratory infections can be cheek by sputum. cultures. ...Read more

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What should do if doctor diagnosis 27wk premature girl bpd at 36wk? Besides1.Invasive ventilation2.Steroids3.Pat back & sputum suction

What should do if doctor diagnosis 27wk premature girl bpd at 36wk? Besides1.Invasive ventilation2.Steroids3.Pat back & sputum suction

Nutrition: Make sure in addition that the baby is properly nourished.Good growth helps a lot to mature the lungs.The point is that years of research has demonstrated that thes aggressive measures give ths baby's lungs the best chance of success. ...Read more

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