CULTURE, BACTERIAL, LEGIONELLA ONLY

Synonyms: Legionella Culture, Legionnaires
Computer Code: (LEGCO ) (LEGD)
Specimen Collection: Sputum, BAL, bronchial brushing, tracheal aspirate, lung tissue, pleural fluid, lung exudate, or biopsy in a sterile container.
Minimum Volume:
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at 2-8ºC within 24 hours. Both culture and PCR for Legionella should be ordered together.
Reference Values: Negative. Identification performed. PCR is also available and should be ordered in conjuction with the culture. (See Legionella PCR). Gram stain is not performed for Legionella Gram stain is not performed for Legionella.
Lab Code: MIC
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily
Routine TAT: Neg: 10 days Pos: 3-10 days
Stat TAT: N/A
CPT Code(s): 87081
LCD or NCD:
Methodology Used:
See Addendum XVII