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Cough plates for microbiological surveillance in cystic fibrosis
  1. Richard J Chavasse,
  2. Rebecca Cordle,
  3. Hawabibee Petkar
  1. Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children, Carshalton, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr R J Chavasse
    Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children, Wrythe Lane, Carshalton, London, UK; richard.chavasse{at}

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Regular surveillance of respiratory tract flora is integral to the routine management of children with cystic fibrosis. In children who are not regular sputum producers, cough swabs are often used as a substitute.1 Maiya et al2 suggest that cough plates are more sensitive than cough swabs, and preferred by children.

We attempted to validate the technique for use in our cystic fibrosis clinic. In total, 52 consecutive children attending …

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  • Competing interests: None declared.