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Spriggs, MD, MPH, FACP< <> <v class="hl-widget-sharebar c">"><iv> <v class="sharebarConContainer"><id="sharebarLink" class="link-sharebar" href="#overlaySharebar" rel="#overlaySharebar"><><iv> <eader>r> <-navigation"> <v class="hl-arrow-tabnav hl-left-arrow-tabnav hl-icon-left-arrow"><iv> <v class="hl-lpipe-tabnav">><iv> <l-tabs-tabnav"> <i><href="#Overview"> Overview<>/li> <>< UUses<href="#Procedure"> Procedure<><i> <><href="#Results">> Resulsults<><ideEffects"> Side Effects< <v class="hl-rpipe-tabnav"><class="hl-arrow-tabnav hl-right-arrow-tabnav hl-l-icon-right-arrow"><iv class="grid648"> <v id="fb-root"><dow.fbAsyncInit = function() { FB.B.init({ appId : '1529595680591919', xfbml : true, verrsion : 'v2.1' ); }; (function(d, s, id){){ var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js"; fjs.parenovide the sample for the lab to test. Yores minimal effort on your part—you simply need to provide the sample for the lab to test. You will be asked to cough deeply to bring up the mucus-like sputum from your lungs. Saliva that can ooften comes upup when someone is asked to cough is typically from the mouth and upper airways and is not useful for this test. A few techniques can be used to make the test most effective. Drinking plenty of fluids can help loosen the secretions, making sputum easier to cough up. Your doctor may ask you to rinse out your mouth with clear water to help get any other bacteria and extra saliva.. <> <ven a small cup to spit the sputuutum into. To really cough deeply from your lungs, you might take three deep breaths before you cough forcefully. If any sputum comes up, you can spit it into the cup. The laboratory needs at least 2 mL of sputum for testing. < < you’re having trouble producing this much sputum, your provider may try tapping on your chest to loosen the sputum. He or she may also have you inhale a steam-like mist to help you cou cough up the sample. < id="TOC_TITLE_HDR_4" class="content_head"><name="Results"><he Results Interpreted? <2> <LE_4" class="content_body"> <ou u have pe produced a sputum sample for analyzing, the sample shouould be taken to the laboaboratory within one to two hourrs of coughing it up. The laboratory will take the sample and place it on a sa special plate that has a nutrient that helps bacteria or other pathogens present in your sputum grow. <> <<p>The laboratory can run a number of tests to determine if the growth is a bacterium, a virus, or a fungus. Remember that some bacteria grow naturally in your airways without causing illness. The laboratory will work to tell the difference between bacteria that makes you sick and those that keep you well. </p> <p>Your doctor will then be given a report with the results. </p> </div> <h2 id="TOC_TITLE_HDR_5" class="content_head"><a name="SideEffects"></a>What Are the Test’s Side Effects? </h2> <div id="TOC_TITLE_5" class="content_body"> <p>When you aren’t feeling well, the deep coughing associated with a sputum culture may feel uncomfortable. You may feel some chest discomfort after taking the sample. However, there are no risks associated with obtaining a sputum culture. If you have undergone abdominal surgery, your provider may instruct you to hold a pillow over your stomach before coughing to minimize abdominal discomfort. 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