A sputum was collected from a 60-year-old male with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He complained of increased cough productive of sputum over the past week and increased shortness of breath over baseline. Sputum was obtained during a coughing episode, and the Gram stain is shown below.
Lori Duresko, MT(ASCP)
Education Specialist II
Instructor in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology,
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Audrey Schuetz, M.D.
Consultant, Clinical Microbiology