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How accurate is the sputum induction test in diagnosing eosinophilic asthma?

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A sputum induction test checks the mucus and saliva you cough up from your lungs for levels of white blood cells called eosinophils. The test is very accurate and is considered the gold standard for confirming eosinophilic asthma.

SOURCES:

Breathe : “Induced sputum analysis: step by step.”

European Respiratory Journal : “Sputum Induction.”

Journal of Visualized Experiments : “Methodology for Sputum Induction and Laboratory Processing.”

Journal of Asthma and Allergy : “Diagnosis and management of eosinophilic asthma: A U.S. perspective.”

National Jewish Health: “Sputum Induction."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on February 03, 2020

SOURCES:

Breathe : “Induced sputum analysis: step by step.”

European Respiratory Journal : “Sputum Induction.”

Journal of Visualized Experiments : “Methodology for Sputum Induction and Laboratory Processing.”

Journal of Asthma and Allergy : “Diagnosis and management of eosinophilic asthma: A U.S. perspective.”

National Jewish Health: “Sputum Induction."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on February 03, 2020

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