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Bacterial Sputum Culture

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Also known as: Respiratory Culture; Bacterial Culture, respiratory; Sputum Culture, routine bacterial
Formal name: Culture, sputum

Were you looking instead for tests performed on sputum to detect fungi [see Fungal Tests] or mycobacteria (tuberculosis) [see AFB Smear and Culture]?

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