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Lower Respiratory Tract Infections


Full clinical details including Cystic Fibrosis or any Immunosuppression should be included

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Sputum / Bronchial Lavage in 60ml Sterile Container


Colchester & Ipswich


Investigation of lower respiratory tract bacterial infections including pneumonia. Routine sputum culture request is not suitable for investigation of viral infection, TB or legionella. Sputum samples are checked on arrival in the laboratory for previous testing. If there is a sample in progress or reported in the previous 5 days the samples will not be tested but will be stored within the laboratory, unless clear clinical indication for testing is given.

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