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


Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

Specimen Type

See Collection Instructions

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano

Epic ID


Lab Test Days


Standard TAT

2-4 Days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

0.35-1 mL Bronchial lavage/wash or Sputum or CSF

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

Throat swab or Nasopharyngeal swab collected in VCM medium (green cap) tube or equivalent (UTM) is also acceptable. Nasopharyngeal and Throat swab in M4, VCM (UTM) Media (Use only sterile Dacron or rayon swabs.) Do NOT use calcium alginate swabs, as they may contain substances that inhibit PCR testing. Break applicator sticks off near the tip to permit tightening of the cap. Sputum: Collect in a sputum collection kit or a sterile, leak-proof plastic container. Bronchial Lavage: Collect in a sterile, leak-proof plastic container.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 48 Hours; Refrigerated: 7 Days; Frozen: 30 Days

Rejection Criteria

Calcium alginate swabs; AVANTIK VTM

Test Volume Required

1 mL Bronchial lavage/wash or Sputum

Minimum Test Volume

0.35 mL Bronchial lavage/wash or Sputum

Processing Instructions

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

Included Tests

Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Legionella, and Chlamydophila pneumoniae DNA, Qualitative, RT-PCR.

CPT Codes

87486, 87541, 87581, 87798