Test Overview
Test Methodology

Culture

Test Usage

Isolate and identify Legionella

Reference Range *

Negative

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Test Limitations

Recovery of legionella in specimens heavily contaminated with indigenous flora (i.e., sputum) may be difficult.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Daily
Analytic Time

14 days

Soft Order Code
MMLR
Synonyms
  • Legionnaires Disease
  • Aerobic Bacterial Culture, Legionella
  • Culture, Legionella
  • Legionnaires' Disease
  • Legionnaires` Disease
  • LGSN
  • LEGIONELLA CULTURE
Laboratory
Sendout
Reference Laboratory
Mayo LEGI (8204)
Section
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Bronchial washings, bronchoalveolar lavage, bronchus fluid, chest fluid, chest tube drainage, empyema, endotracheal specimens, fresh lung tissue, induced sputum, lingula (lung), lung biopsy, pericardial fluid or tissue, pleura, pleural fluid, protected catheter brush, sputum, thoracentesis fluid, tracheal secretion, transbronchial biopsy, or transtracheal aspirate should be sent in a screw-capped, sterile container refrigerated. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.

Additional Information

If tissue is submitted, an additional charge will be assessed for processing (CPT 87176). Positives will be identified to species level at no additional charge (CPT 87140). Test sent to Mayo Medical Laboratories. NOTE: Legionella silver stain for tissue is performed by MLabs Surgical Pathology.

Billing
CPT Code
87081
Fee Code
20231
NY State Approved
No
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