Name: Culture, Legionella
Test Name: Culture, Legionella
Health Link Test Code: LEGCX
LIS Test Code: LEGCX
CPT Code(s): 87081
Testing Site: Testing will be sent to an approved reference laboratory
Collection Container: Sterile screw cap container
Collect pea-sized piece of lung tissue or 5-30 ml of secretions (pleural fluid, transtracheal aspirate, sputum, bronchial wash, etc.).
Specimens should be held at 4-8° C and should not be allowed to dry out. Add a small amount of sterile distilled water to lung tissue if necessary. Do not use sterile saline for specimen collection as Legionella sp. are inhibited by saline.
Urine specimens are not acceptable for culture. Refer to Legionella Urinary Ag (GM4910) if testing on urine is indicated.
Keep refrigerated until transported to WSLH.
Transport specimen to UWHC Hospital Laboratory. Transport on coolant pack if coming from clinic location.
Interpretation Type: Expected Results