Rare epithelial cells, 8 to 10 polymorphonuclear leukocytes

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  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    A sputum sample was brought to the laboratory for analysis. Gram stain revealed the following: rare epithelial cells, 8 to 10 polymorphonuclear leukocytes per high-power field, and pleomorphic Gram-negative rods. As the laboratory consultant, which of the following interpretations should you make?
    a. The sputum specimen is too contaminated by saliva to be useful
    b. There is no evidence of an inflammatory response
    c. The patient has pneumococcal pneumonia
    d. The patient has Vincent’s disease
    e. The appearance of the sputum is suggestive of Haemophilus pneumonia
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Answer is: e. The appearance of the sputum is suggestive of Haemophilus pneumonia

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