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To obtain a proper sputum specimen, it is recommended that a series (3-5) of early morning deep cough specimens be collected in a sputum container. The specimen should be processed within two (2) hours of collection.

Sputum containers and instructions are provided by Pathology Laboratories for physician distribution to patients. Please call our Supply Department for these containers.

As an alternative, sputum may be added to Cytolyt® Preservative.

For further information, consultation, or courier pick-up, please call our Cytology Department at (419) 291-3725 or (833) 960-0241.