Ordering Recommendation

Aids in the diagnosis of bacterial and viral pneumonia from lower respiratory tract specimens. For use in individuals with clinically compatible signs and symptoms.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation



BAL, bronch wash, endotracheal aspirate, tracheal aspirate

Specimen Preparation

Transfer 1.0 mL (min 0.5 mL) specimen to a sterile container.

Specimens should not be centrifuged, preprocessed, treated with any mucolytic or decontaminating agents (e.g., MycoPrep, Sputasol, Snap n' Digest, DTT, sodium hydroxide, oxalic acid, trypsin, etc.), or placed into transport media before testing.

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Specimen in preservative.


Specimen source required.


Ambient: Not acceptable; Refrigerated: 24 hours; Frozen: 7 days


Semi-Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)




Within 24 hours

Reference Interval

Interpretive Data

The pneumonia panel is not intended to replace respiratory culture, blood cultures, or urine antigen testing. Only the most common causes of pneumonia are detected and a paired respiratory culture is required for all pneumonia panel PCR tests. Fungal pathogens are not tested by the pneumonia panel. Bacterial semiquantitative values by PCR may not directly correlate with culture. Bacteria may grow in culture in very low quantities that will not be reported by the PCR due to a cut-off threshold applied to the reporting algorithm. SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is not detected by this panel.

Compliance Category



All orders for Pneumonia Panel by PCR (PFAP) from the University of Utah Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, or the Salt Lake City VA Hospital, will automatically have a culture ordered (see ARUP test code 0060700 and ARUP test code 0060122 for submission requirements, additional charges apply). Specimens from any other location will not receive a culture at ARUP. Cultures should be performed at the primary point of care and correlated to the results for Pneumonia Panel by PCR (PFAP). Per manufacturer's package insert, culture should be used in conjunction with pneumonia panel results for the determination of susceptibility or resistance.

Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
3016458 Acinetobacter baumannii complex 92989-3
3016459 Enterobacter cloacae complex 92985-1
3016460 Escherichia coli 92983-6
3016461 Haemophilus influenzae 92981-0
3016462 Klebsiella aerogenes 92975-2
3016463 Klebsiella oxytoca 92973-7
3016464 Klebsiella pneumoniae group 92971-1
3016465 Moraxella catarrhalis 92966-1
3016466 Proteus spp. 92962-0
3016467 Pseudomonas aeruginosa 92960-4
3016468 Serratia marcescens 92955-4
3016469 Staphylococcus aureus 92953-9
3016470 Streptococcus agalactiae 92951-3
3016471 Streptococcus pneumoniae 92949-7
3016472 Streptococcus pyogenes 92947-1
3016473 Chlamydia pneumoniae 92986-9
3016474 Legionella pneumophila 92969-5
3016475 Mycoplasma pneumoniae 92964-6
3016476 Adenovirus 92987-7
3016477 Coronavirus 92979-4
3016478 Human metapneumovirus 92978-6
3016479 Human rhinovirus/enterovirus 92956-2
3016480 Influenza A virus 92977-8
3016481 Influenza B virus 92976-0
3016482 Parainfluenza virus 92963-8
3016483 Respiratory syncytial virus 92957-0
3016484 IMP 85498-4
3016485 KPC 49617-4
3016486 NDM 73982-1
3016487 OXA-48-LIKE 85827-4
3016488 VIM 85501-5
3016489 CTX-M 88250-6
3016490 mecA/C and MREJ (MRSA) 96309-0
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