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What should you ask your doctor if they order a sputum induction test for eosinophilic asthma?

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A sputum induction test is very accurate for diagnosing eosinophilic asthma. Ask your doctor:

1. Why do I need this test?

2. What are you looking for specifically?

3. How long will I need to wait for the results?

4. What does it mean if my sputum counts are high?

5. Will I need this and other tests in the future?

6. Are there other things I can do to help keep my asthma under control?

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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