Culture, Sputum

Order CF Sputum/CF Sinus Culture when appropriate
Acceptable specimens include Screen for Fungus. If dimorphic fungi suspected, order fungal pathogen screen separately.

See Specimen Acceptibility Criteria

Test ID LAB5800
EPIC Order Lower Respiratory Culture
CPT Code 87070
Group/Individual Test Individual
Laboratory Clinical Microbiology; 984-974-1805
Tube Station 82
Specimen Routine: Deliver in Suitable Sterile Container
Gram stain Yes (by request only samples from cystic fibrosis patients)
Availability Routine: 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week
STAT: Yes (smear)
Turnaround Time 7 days

Deliver within 2 hrs of collection.
Sputum Collection Guidelines.
Fungal DirectBy Request Only.

For cultures on patients with Cystic Fibrosis or Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia(PCD) see CF Sputum Culture

Reviewed by Christopher Parker on December 09, 2021

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514