Mycoplasma pneumoniae Culture (Respiratory)

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: C MYCOPLAS
POE DESCRIPTION: CU MYCOPLASMA; C MYCOPLAS
CPT CODE: 87109
DAYS PERFORMED: Monday-Friday
TURNAROUND TIME: 2 weeks
CONTAINER TYPE: NON-wooden swab placed in Mycoplasma transport medium; sealed sterile container
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Throat swabs, gargles, sputum, bronchial washings, tracheal aspiration
REJECTION CRITERIA: Inappropriate specimen container, inappropriate transport medium, improper collection of specimen, specimen heavily contaminated with bacteria, wooden swab used in obtaining specimen.
MINIMUM VOLUME: 1 mL or one swab
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, refrigerate.
REFERENCE RANGE: No Mycoplasma isolated
LIMITATIONS OF TEST: Culture may be negative even with Mycoplasma infection
METHODOLOGY: Broth and agar cultures with media specific for isolation of Mycoplasma.
REFERRAL LABORATORY:

Commercial laboratory

TEST SYNONYM(S):M. pneumoniae Culture