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Methodology: Culture
Edit Date: 2/28/2007
Performed: Daily
Released: 21-25 days after setup at PeaceHealth Laboratories’ reference lab.
CPT Code: 87109-90
Specimen Collection Details
Collection: Throat swab, sputum, or other respiratory specimen in viral transport media (M4). Also acceptable: Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), lung, joint, amniotic, or pericardial fluid in sterile transport tube, undiluted. SOURCE OF SPECIMEN IS REQUIRED.
Stability: 48 hours refrigerated or 30 days frozen.
Standard Volume: 3 mL fluid.
Minimum Volume: 1 mL fluid
Transport: Frozen, on dry ice.
Comments: The culture isolates and identifies Mycoplasma pneumoniae, which can cause respiratory tract infections.
Rejection Criteria: Dry, calcium, alginate, or wood swabs; genital specimen.

Reference Range:
Not isolated.

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