Gold standard test; detects L. pneumophila and other Legionella species in clinical specimens.
Negative at 8 days
Positives as soon as detected
New York DOH Approval Status
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.
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 nonbacteriostatic saline to prevent drying and transport in sterile container.
Blood: Transport blood in SPS tube.
Refrigerated. For nonblood specimens: If delay in transport (greater than 48 hours), transport frozen.
Stool, urine, wounds, or other nonrespiratory sites. Dry specimens. Specimens in preservatives or viral transport medium (M4, UTM).
Specimen source preferred.
Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen: 1 week
Culture negative for Legionella species.
Amplified DNA testing (PCR) is also available for respiratory specimens. Refer to Legionella Species by Qualitative PCR (2010125). Legionella pneumophila DFA (ARUP test code 2004598) is also available.
87081; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|0060113||Culture, Legionella species||593-4|
- Culture, Legionella sp.
- L. pneumophila culture
- Legionella Culture