Sputum culture

Alternative names
Routine sputum culture

Definition
Sputum is a secretion that is produced in the lungs and the bronchi (tubes that carry the air to the lung). This mucus-like secretion may become infected, bloodstained, or contain abnormal cells that may lead to a diagnosis. Sputum is what comes up with deep coughing.

see Routine sputum culture.

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Last revised: December 3, 2012
by Levon Ter-Markosyan, D.M.D.

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