Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

Aspirates, culture and sensitivities Test in Kenya

Brief Description

This test is performed to isolate and identify aerobic bacteria causing infection in the lower respiratory tract.


Bronchial Lavage Culture, Bronchoscopy, Transtracheal Aspirate Culture, Lung Tissue Culture

Patient Preparation

No special preparations are required

Sample Type

Aspirates, biopsy, tissue, bronchial washing

Sample volume

5ml bronchial washing, 1g tissue

Sample collection Container

Sterile screw-cap container

Sample collection instructions

Aseptic practices to be observed during collection

Sample storage


Reference range


Results Turnaround

2 - 5 days after receipt of samples

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

Positive culture indicates infection from potential pathogens such as Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, etc.