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Cytology Exam of Sputum

Alternate Names : Sputum Cytology

Overview & Description | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

A sputum cytology test can identify cancer cells in a sample of sputum.

Who is a candidate for the test?

This test is done when a doctor suspects that a person may have lung cancer.

How is the test performed?

This test is usually performed in the morning, right after waking up. The person is asked to rinse his or her mouth with water to avoid a poor sample. After taking several deep breaths, the person then coughs deeply. This should bring up enough of a material from deep in the lungs known as sputum. Sputum is different from spit. The sputum sample is then taken to a lab. The lab can then examine the sample with a microscope.


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Cytology Exam of Sputum: Preparation & Expectations

Author: David T. Moran, MD
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 09/04/01

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