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Is there a way to get sputum out of my lungs for sputum test for afb?

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In brief: Making you cough

To find AFB (TB) your doctor needs a sample of the mucus that comes out of your lungs.
Some people do that almost every time they cough, while others don't. For those who can't, breathing in salt water (a saline aerosol) can trigger a deep cough and bring up phlegm (called "induced sputum"). In children, it is common to put a tube into the stomach to sample lung mucus swallowed during the night.

In brief: Making you cough

To find AFB (TB) your doctor needs a sample of the mucus that comes out of your lungs.
Some people do that almost every time they cough, while others don't. For those who can't, breathing in salt water (a saline aerosol) can trigger a deep cough and bring up phlegm (called "induced sputum"). In children, it is common to put a tube into the stomach to sample lung mucus swallowed during the night.
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