LEGIONELLA CULTURE

Test Documentation
Specimen Required
Specimen source required.
Submit 3.0 mL bronchial wshings (2.0 mL minimum) refrigerated in an IATA-approved screw-capped plastic container.

Alternate Specimen
Sputum, biopsy, pleural fluid, lung tissue, nasopharyngeal wash, or tracheal wash. Call lab for transport information.

Rejection Criteria
Room temperature samples, frozen samples, or samples in M4

Methodology
Conventional Isolation and Identification Techniques

Stability
Room Temperature: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Range
Not isolated

Performed
Monday-Saturday

Turnaround Time10-12 days
Test CodeLEGCQ
CPT-4 Code (s)
87081
LOINC Codes
Legionella Culture   593-4  
Specimen Source   31208-2  

Warde
Medical
Laboratory