859 Culture, Sputum (Lower Respiratory)

Specimen Type Specimen Stability Reference Range
Sputum 24 Hours, Ambient
Up to 48 Hours, Refrigerated
No Growth

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Sputum
Container: Sterile Container
Temperature: Refrigerated





Turn-Around Time

48-72 hrs


5-10 ml sputum from a deep cough (expectorated or induced) into a sterile screw cap leak-proof container. SALIVA is not acceptable.

Clinical Utility

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

CPT Codes

87071, 87205

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