CULTURE, OTHER RESP SPUTUM

Test Code
CORES

CPT Codes
87070

Preferred Specimen
SPUTUM

Transport Container
STERILE CUP


Transport Temperature
RT- 4 HRS


Setup Schedule
Set Up:
Report Available:

Reference Range
CULTURE, OTHER RESP SPUTUM


Clinical Significance
•Obtaining an early-morning expectorated specimen is most desirable. The first morning specimen is most concentrated and is less likely to be contaminated with saliva and nasopharyngeal secretions.
•Before beginning collection, ask the client to rinse the mouth with plain water. This removes secretions and oral plaque, which may contaminate the sample.
•Instruct the client to breathe deeply to stimulate coughing and expectoration. This loosens the secretions enough to expectorate.
•Collect the expectorated sputum in a leak-proof sterile container.

Performing Laboratory
LMH -  Microbiology x3758 or 3759



The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.