Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Order Display Name: Geisinger Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  

CULTURE, LEGIONELLA

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB2120         Geisinger Epic ID: 18053

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Lower respiratory tract secretions, pleural fluid/tissue
Preferred collection container:
Special notes:
Check expiration date on transport device before use. Urine is not acceptable for culture. Refer to Legionella Antigen (LEGAGE) for testing of urine.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Transport temperature:
Room temperature
Specimen stability:
Sterile container, sputum collector, trap: Room temperature < 24 hours
ATM: Room temperature < 72 hours
Rejection criteria:
Urine, specimen received in blood culture bottles, improperly labeled/identified specimen. Grossly contaminated specimen. Delay in transport or transport at wrong temperature.

TEST DETAILS
Reference interval:
No Legionella species isolated
Critical values/courtesy alerts:
Legionella species isolated
CPT code(s):
87081
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Isolation and identification of Legionella species. Bacterial identification performed as appropriate. Additional charge may apply. All isolates are sent to the PA State laboratory for confirmation.
Methodology:
Culture
Synonyms:
LEGIONELLA, LC
LEGIONNAIRE'S DISEASE
PNEUMOPHILA
Clinical significance:
A positive Legionella culture result is indicative of active disease. The most common type of Legionella species associated with pulmonary disease is Legionella pneumophilia serogroup 1. Legionella culture can detect all species of Legionella, while the Legionella urinary antigen detects only Legionella pneumophilia serogroup 1.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Donna Wolk PhD, D(ABMM), Raquel Martinez, PhD, D(ABMM)    
Review Date: 12/28/2020

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Barbara Shoemaker
Frequency: Daily, all shifts
Performed stat? No
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