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Legionella Culture, Varies

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Updated Test Information:

Test Description
Legionella Culture, Varies
Synonym(s)

50008-LEGI

Test ID
LEGI
General Information

Useful for:



  • Diagnosis of Legionnaires disease

  • Because examination by rapid PCR increases sensitivity and provides faster results, Mayo Clinic Laboratories strongly recommends also ordering LEGRP / Legionella species, Molecular Detection, PCR

Specimen Type

  • Bronchial Washing

  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage

  • Bronchus Fluid

  • Chest Fluid

  • Chest Tube Drainage

  • Empyema

  • Endotracheal Specimen

  • Fresh Lung Tissue

  • Heart Valves

  • Induced Sputum

  • Lingula (Lung)

  • Lung Biopsy

  • Pericardial Fluid or Tissue

  • Pleura

  • Pleural Fluid

  • Protected Catheter Brush

  • Sputum

  • Thoracentesis Fluid

  • Tracheal Secretion

  • Transbronchial Biopsy

  • Transtracheal Aspirate

Specimen Requirements

Sterile Container

Required Information

Specimen source is required

Stability

Refrigerated: 48 hours

Unacceptable Specimen Conditions

Frozen specimen

Limitations

Although a semi-selective media is utilized, recovery of Legionella in specimens heavily contaminated with indigenous flora (ie, sputum) may be difficult.

Methodology

Conventional Culture Technique

Estimated TAT

7-10 days

Testing Schedule

Monday-Sunday

Retention

2 days

CPT Code(s)

87081

Additional Information
Minimum Sample Volume

2 mL

Reference Range

No growth
Identification of Legionella species.

Reflex Conditions

RMALD Ident by MALDI-TOF mass spec
ISAE Aerobe Ident by Sequencing
TISSR Tissue Processing

Performing Lab

Mayo

LOINC Code(s)

593-4