Legionella Culture

Abbrev Code:LEC   
Order Code:LAB902Order Name:Legionella Culture
CPT Codes: 87081 x1, 87077 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; negative results are reported within 14 days.
Special Instructions:Order only if patient is at high risk for Legionella infection, e.g., unexplained ARDS and fever; atypical pneumonia with alveolar infiltrates, bilateral diffuse; systemic presentation with classical Legionella; immunocompromised host with alveolar filling process.
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Collection Instructions

Specimen:Bronchoscopy, lung aspirate, lung tissue or pleural fluid
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Contraindications:Respiratory specimens such as sputum, tracheal aspirate and endotracheal aspirate may be requested and cultured, but normal respiratory flora may mask growth of Legionella. Throat, and nasopharynx cultures are not acceptable specimens due to the presence of normal respiratory flora.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory   (UMMC East Bank)


Reference Range:

No Legionella isolated.


Use:Isolation and identification of Legionella.

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