Legionella Species, Culture
0060113
Ordering Recommendation
 
Mnemonic
MC LEGION
Methodology
Culture/Identification
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
Within 7 days
Positives are reported as soon as detected
Final: Negative at 7 days  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
  
Collect
Respiratory specimens: Abscess material, aspirates, BAL, fluids, secretions, sputum, or tissue; OR pericardial fluid or blood in SPS Vacutainer® tube for microbiology (ARUP supply #24964). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.  
Specimen Preparation
Fluid: Transfer to a sterile container.  Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag. (Min. 0.5 mL) Tissue: Place on gauze moistened with sterile non-bacteriostatic saline to prevent drying and transport in sterile container.
Blood:
Transport blood in SPS tube.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated. For non-blood specimens: If delay in transport (greater than 48 hours), transport frozen.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Stool, urine, wounds, or other non-respiratory sites. Dry specimens. Specimens in preservatives or viral transport medium (M4, UTM).  
Remarks
Specimen source preferred.  
Stability
Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen: 1 week  
Reference Interval
Culture negative for Legionella species.  
Interpretive Data
 
Note
Amplified DNA testing (PCR) is also available for respiratory specimens. Refer to Legionella Species by PCR (0056105).  Legionella pneumophila DFA (ARUP test code 2004598) is also available.
CPT Code(s)
87081; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0060113Culture, Legionella species
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Aliases
  • Culture, Legionella sp.
  • L. pneumophila culture
  • Legionella Culture