Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Legionella Culture

Test Name: Legionella Culture
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Microbiology (VH)
Specimen Type: Respiratory (suctioned sputum, tracheal aspiration or bronchial wash)
Fluids (CSF, pericardial, peritoneal, pleural)
Tissue (liver, lung, renal)
Wounds or Abscess Material
Collection Information: This sample type cannot be processed as a STAT request. Samples are handled in a priority sequence and results are reported as they become available.

Sputum - Have the patient rinse mouth and gargle with water. Instruct the patient not to expectorate saliva or postnasal discharge. Collect an early morning specimen from a deep productive cough. Select blood-stained, brown-flecked or purulent portion.
Tracheal - Samples may be suctioned or aspirated directly into a sterile container.
Bronchial Wash - The specimen is collected in a bronchoscopy.

Fluids and Tissues - Should be sent in a sterile container. Tissues should be kept moist by adding a small amount of sterile, nonbacteriostatic, distilled water. Do not use saline because it is toxic to Legionella. Wound or abscess material may be sent in transport media.
Test Schedule: Daily
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
2 weeks
Reference Range:  
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Special Processing: For urine samples please refer to Legionella Antigen Detection
Method of Analysis: Culture
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: The specimen must be refrigerated.
The specimen must be received within 24 hours of collection in the Microbiology Laboratory.
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