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Lab Test Dictionary

Legionella Culture (688)



Specimen Type

See Collection Instructions

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano

Epic ID


Lab Test Days


Standard TAT

8 Days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

1 g lung tissue, fresh (unfixed) tissue, 2-3 mL bronchial washings, sputum, bronchial alveolar lavage, pleural fluid, nasopharyngeal lavage/wash or tracheal lavage/wash

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

Sputum: Instruct patient to gargle with water and cough deeply to collect deep respiratory specimen in sterile container.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 7 Days; Frozen: Unacceptable

Rejection Criteria

Expired transport device; Environmental sources; Received in viral transport media

Test Volume Required

1g or 3 mL

Minimum Test Volume

1 g or 2 mL

Processing Instructions

Tissue: Add small amount of sterile, non-bacteriostatic, distilled water to prevent drying, if necessary. Do not add saline, because it may be inhibitory. Indicate source in comments, on specimen and on batch sheet.

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