24 - 48 hours
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To establish the presence of primary or metastatic neoplasm and to aid in the diagnosis of infectious diseases such as Cytomegalovirus, Aspergillus and Pneumocystis carinii.
Interpretive report provided.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
Label a clean, leakproof rigid container with patient's last name, first name and registration number (or other second unique patient identifier). Obtain expectorated sputum, NOT SALIVA OR NASAL SECRETION. Instruct patient to rinse mouth and then expectorate a DEEP COUGH specimen into container. An early morning deep cough yields the best specimen. Do not add fixative. 24-hour collections are not acceptable. Refrigerate specimens that cannot be delivered immediately and deliver as soon as possible. Do not allow specimens to freeze.