Culture, Legionella

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Test Code

Alias/See Also
Legionella Culture

CPT Codes
87081***When a culture is positive there will be a reflex for each identification and susceptibility

Preferred Specimen
Respiratory specimen submitted in sterile container or tube.

Transport Container
Sterile Container

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room Temperature = 8 hours
Refrigerated = 2 days
Frozen = unacceptable


Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
8 days

Clinical Significance
Detection of Legionella organisms confirms the diagnosis of Legionnaire's Disease. Its identification is important for the management and treatment of legionellosis.

Performing Laboratory
CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, LLC
2308 Sandridge Drive
Moraine, OH 45439

Last Updated: December 7, 2021

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.