Nov 23, 2015




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Culture, Legionella

Culture, Legionella (LEGCX) WSLH Lab Test

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

Link: http://www.slh.wisc.edu/wslhApps/RefMan/wslhSearch.php?searchTerm=legionella&TEST_REFERENCE_ID=240&submitIt=testDetail

Collection Container: Sterile screw cap container

Collection Instructions:

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.

Specimen Processing:

Keep refrigerated until transported to WSLH.

Specimen Transport:

Transport specimen to UWHC Hospital Laboratory. Transport on coolant pack if coming from clinic location.

Interpretation Type: Expected Results