Sputum direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) is a test that looks for microorganisms in lung secretions.
Direct immunofluorescence test; Direct fluorescent antibody – sputum
How the test is performed
You will produce a sputum sample from your lungs by coughing up mucus from deep inside your lungs. (The mucus is not the same as saliva or spit from the mouth.)
In the laboratory,
How to prepare for the test
If coughing does not produce sputum, a breathing treatment may be given before the test to trigger sputum production.
How the test will feel
There is no discomfort.
Why the test is performed
Your doctor may order this test if you have signs of certain lung infections or pneumonias.
Normally, there is no antigen-antibody reaction.
What abnormal results mean
Abnormal results may be due to an infection such as
What the risks are
There are no risks.