Ordering Recommendation

Detect Legionella species.

Mnemonic
LEGIONPCR
Methodology

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

1-2 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Respiratory specimen: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), bronchial brushings, nasopharyngeal swab, sputum, tracheal aspirates or pleural fluid.

Specimen Preparation

Fluid: Transfer 2 mL respiratory specimen to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL) Also acceptable: Transfer to viral transport media (ARUP supply #12884).
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Swabs: Place in viral transport media.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Frozen.

Unacceptable Conditions
Remarks

Specimen source required.

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 6 months

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

A negative result does not rule out the presence of PCR inhibitors in the patient specimen or test-specific nucleic acid in concentrations below the level of detection by this test.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)

Note

This test detects and speciates L. pneumophila. The nucleic acid from other Legionella species will be detected by this test but cannot be differentiated

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87541; 87798

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2002177 Legionella Source 31208-2
2010126 Legionella pneumophila by PCR 21363-7
2010128 Legionella species by Qualitative PCR 49616-6
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Aliases
  • Legionella pneumophila (Legionella Species by PCR)
Legionella Species by Qualitative PCR