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Lab Test Dictionary

Atypical Pneumonia DNA Panel, Qualitative, RT-PCR (17610X)


Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

Specimen Type

Respiratory Specimen

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano

Epic ID


Lab Test Days


Standard TAT

2-4 Days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

0.3-1 mL Bronchial lavag/wash or Sputum

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

Throat swab or Nasopharyngeal swab collected in VCM medium (green-cap) tube or equivalent (UTM) is also acceptable.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 48 Hours; Refrigerated: 14 Days; Frozen: 30 Days

Test Volume Required

1 mL Bronchial lavage/wash or Sputum

Minimum Test Volume

0.3 mL Bronchial lavage/wash or Sputum

Processing Instructions

Indicate source of specimen in comments, on specimen and on batch sheet

Included Tests

C. pneumoniae, Legionella species, L. pneumophilia, and M. pneumoniae.

CPT Codes

87486, 87541, 87581, 87798