Best results are achieved with freshly obtained sputa following
chest physiotherapy, with an early morning sputum before the
patient has eaten.
Contamination with large amounts of saliva or food leads to
Multiple specimens (usually x 3) may be necessary, but these
should be sent on 3 separate days, not all taken at the same
Send in clean, dry container with screw cap.
If examination for eosinophils is required please indicate this
on the request
(Last updated April 21st 2016)