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 What to Expect

Instructions for the Sputum Specimen Collection

Upon rising in the morning take a deep breath and cough forcibly to obtain a mucus sample from deep down in your chest. Spit the mucus into the specimen container. Make sure the specimen is mucus and not saliva. If saliva only, discard specimen and repeat procedure into another unopened sterile container. Saliva is of no use. Refrigerate specimen until taken to the lab. Take specimen to lab as soon as possible. If the specimen is for cytology, the specimen must be returned to the laboratory within one hour of collection.

If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with the Laboratory staff on duty at 416 340 3968.​

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