Lower Respiratory Culture
Bronchial Lavage Culture
Bronchoscopy, Transtracheal Aspirate Culture
Lung Tissue Culture
Potential pathogens recovered by usual culture methods include Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus parainfluenzae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Proteus sp, Moraxella catarrhalis, and (rarely) many other organisms. Haemophilus sp and Neisseria sp may not be routinely isolated and identified. Thus, if their presence is clinically suspected, they should be specifically requested.
Aspirates, biopsy, tissue, bronchial washing
1 g tissue, 10 to 50 mL lavage fluid, 5 mL bronchial washing
Sterile screw-cap container
Refrigerate at 2°C to 8°C
Unlabeled specimen or name discrepancy between specimen and request label; inappropriate specimen transport device; leaking specimen; specimen received after prolonged delay (usually >72 hours)
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