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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Lab Results
Sputum Culture [posted 10/20/98]
Answer: First, did the sample have white blood cells in it -to ensure that it wasn't spit? Secondly, pseudomas is a motile organism and can overrun a plate-obscurring other organisms. So clinical evaluation of the patient is necessary to ensure that they have a pulmonary condition consistent with the culture. When all else fails look at the patient.