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Analytic Time

1 day

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Real-time PCR

Test Usage

Establish the diagnosis of Legionella infection.

Reference Range

No Legionella DNA detected.

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

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

Acceptable specimens include: bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) or induced sputum are preferred. Tracheal specimens will also be accepted. Refrigerate immediately after specimen collection. Specimen may be refrigerated ( 2-8° C) up to 72 hours. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the floor will be notified and another specimen will be requested.

Collection Offsite

Collect lower respiratory specimen in a non-polystyrene sterile tube or container. Acceptable specimens include bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), sputum (induced sputum is preferred), and tracheal aspirate. Refrigerate immediately after specimen collection. May be refrigerated up to 24 hrs. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified and another specimen will be requested.

100ml Plastic Specimen Container
Normal Volume
5 mL fluid or sputum
Minimum Volume
0.5 mL fluid or sputum

Billing Information

CPT Code
87541, 87798
Pro Fee Code

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Our High Standard

Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.