Mycoplasma pneumoniae Culture [34270X]

Test Code

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
Throat swab collected in VCM medium (green-cap), or equivalent UTM container

Other Acceptable Specimens
1 mL (0.5 mL minimum) lung tissue, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, nasopharyngeal aspirate or swab, or bronchial lavage/wash, or nasopharyngeal aspirate swab, or bronchial lavage/wash swab collected in a VCM medium (green-cap) tube or equivalent (UTM) container

Ship on dry ice.
Submit a 1:1 volume of lung tissue, pleural, pericardial, nasopharyngeal aspirate or swab, bronchial lavage/wash in VCM or equivalent transport media. For genital specimens refer to test 871X- Mycoplasma hominis/Ureaplasma Culture.
Please note: PCR is the optimal method for detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae.

Transport Temperature
Frozen -70° C

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 48 hours
Frozen -30° C: Unacceptable
Frozen -70° C: 30 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Received in M4RT • Sputum


Setup Schedule
Set up: Daily; Report available: 28-30 days

Reference Range

Not isolated

Clinical Significance
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is one of the principal etiologic agents responsible for primary atypical pneumonia (often called walking pneumonia) as well as more mild forms of upper respiratory illness. Primary atypical pneumonia may be a severely debilitating disease and may infect otherwise healthy individuals.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Dr
Chantilly, VA 20153

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.