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Whats a sputum culture?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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