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Use of cough swabs in a cystic fibrosis clinic


We audited prospectively 322 cough swabs taken from cystic fibrosis children and compared cough swabs with concomitant sputum samples in 30 expectorating patients. A positive cough swab is a strong predictor of sputum culture. However, a negative cough swab does not rule out infection. Persistent symptoms should be further investigated.

  • cystic fibrosis
  • cough swabs
  • sputum
  • clinic

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