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Test Code LAB902 Legionella Culture

Additional Codes

Mayo Test Code: LEGI

Reporting Name

Legionella Culture

Useful For

Diagnosis of Legionnaires disease


Because examination by rapid PCR increases sensitivity and provides faster results, Mayo Medical Laboratories strongly recommends also ordering LEGRP / Legionella species, Molecular Detection, PCR.

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
RMALD Ident by MALDI-TOF mass spec No, (Bill Only) No
ISAE Aerobe Ident by Sequencing No, (Bill Only) No
TISSR Tissue Processing No, (Bill Only) No

Testing Algorithm

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged.

Method Name

Conventional Culture Technique

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type


Specimen Required

Specimen Type: Bronchial washing, bronchoalveolar lavage, bronchus fluid, chest fluid, chest tube drainage, empyema, endotracheal specimen, fresh lung tissue, heart valves, induced sputum, lingula (lung), lung biopsy, pericardial fluid or tissue, pleura, pleural fluid, protected catheter brush, sputum, thoracentesis fluid, tracheal secretion, transbronchial biopsy, or transtracheal aspirate

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Additional Information: Specimen source is required.

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Varies Refrigerated 48 hours

Reject Due To








Frozen specimen

Reference Values

No growth


Identification of Legionella species.

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday; Continuously

CPT Code Information

87081-Legionella culture

87077-Ident by MALDI-TOF mass spec (if appropriate)

87153-Aerobe ident by sequencing (if appropriate)

87176-Tissue processing (if appropriate)

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
LEGI Legionella Culture 593-4


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
LEGI Legionella Culture 593-4

Test Classification

This test uses a standard method. Its performance characteristics were determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.