5-10 ml sputum from a deep cough (expectorated or induced) into a sterile screw cap leak-proof container. SALIVA is not acceptable.
An early morning specimen is best. Have patient brush their teeth and rinse mouth thoroughly 2 or 3 times with water (never mouthwash) before obtaining specimen. Specimen should be kept refrigerated and transported to Pathology, Inc. within 24 hrs of collection.
To detect and diagnose bacterial lower respiratory tract infections such as bacterial pneumonia; to determine which specific bacteria are present, and to isolate and grow the bacteria for subsequent antibiotic susceptibility testing.
87071, 87205. Additional CPT codes may be charged for bacterial identification and susceptibility testing as warranted.