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Posted on Fri, 7 Jul 2017 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: Hello, I received the results below for sputum tests done recently. Are these normal?
1. Microbiology Microscopy Report
Gram Stain Final
WBC 1+ /HPF
Rbc NOT OBSERVED /HPF
GRAM 1+ GRAM POSITIVE COCCI

2. Microbiology Culture Report
Sputum Culture Final
Mixed upper respiratory tract flora isolated
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Answered by Dr. Noble Zachariah 1 hour later
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Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome and thanks for your query.
If the test was done for a cough with sputum, it shows gram positive cocci in the smear which can be streptococci . If you still have symptoms, you would require antibiotics active against the same.
The culture shows a growth a mixed flora which is due to the mouth contents mixing with the sputum. Since there is no single organism like streptococcal pneumoniae or other respiratory pathogen, it is not a serious situation.
If you are cured of your symptoms, you need not do any thing more.

Do get back to me if you have further queries.
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