Cystic Fibrosis Sputum Culture
Expectorated sputum (from cystic fibrosis patients only)
Specimens from patients who do not have cystic fibrosis.
Patient should rinse mouth and gargle with sterile water prior to
collection; instruct patient to cough deeply. Collect specimen in
sterile transport container (37777).
0700-2200, 7 days a week, including holidays.
Not routinely available; special arrangements required. Cultures are
completed within 5-7 days.
This culture includes special media to screen for organisms associated
with respiratory disease in cystic fibrosis patients. Emphasis is
placed on recovery of Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
Staphylococcus aureus, Burkholderia cepacia complex,
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, Haemophilus influenzae,
and other non-fermenting Gram-negative rods. This culture should only
be ordered for cystic fibrosis patients. For a sputum culture on all
other patients, order a respiratory culture and indicate sputum as the