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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cellular Pathology

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Sputum

For suspected malignancy when patient is unfit to undergo other investigations:

  • three early morning specimens
  • on consecutive days.

Specimen / container requirements

Sterile universal container

Please note:

  • For suspected pneumocystis send a bronchoalveolar lavage sample.
  • Salivary or nasal secretions are unsuitable for examination.
  • Consider involving a physiotherapist and nebuliser induction of sputum.