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Comparative Study
. 2015 Mar;53(3):994-6.
doi: 10.1128/JCM.02918-14. Epub 2014 Dec 24.

Correlation Between Sputum and Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid Cultures

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Comparative Study

Correlation Between Sputum and Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid Cultures

Grégory Dubourg et al. J Clin Microbiol. .
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Abstract

A correlation study of the cultured bacteria from paired sputum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid samples was performed. The rates of concordant culture-positive paired specimens that were isolated within 1 or 7 days were 93.7% and 96.5%, respectively, suggesting that the culture of readily collectable sputum specimens may result in useful microbiologic diagnosis.

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