Correlation between rapid strip test and the quality of sputum.

  title={Correlation between rapid strip test and the quality of sputum.},
  author={Amir Gal-Oz and Imad Kassis and Hanna Shprecher and Raphael Beck and Lea Bentur},
  volume={126 5},
STUDY OBJECTIVES To evaluate the use of a rapid strip test for the quick evaluation of sputum quality. DESIGN Prospective, double-blind study. Sputum and saliva samples were collected. Sputum quality was assessed by the presence of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) and squamous epithelial cells (SECs) per low-power (microscopic) field (LPF) [x10 objective]. Sputum was defined as follows: (1) informative (ie, > 25 PMNs and < 10 SECs per LPF); (2) semi-informative (ie, > 25 PMNs or < 10 SECs… CONTINUE READING


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