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Mycoplasma pneumoniae by PCR

Mnemonic:    [UNLIST LAB]
Name:    Mycoplasma pneumoniae by PCR
Specimen:     Collect: Respiratory specimen: sputum, lung washes, tracheal aspirates, nasopharyngeal swab, pleural fluid, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), bronchial brushings, or CSF.

Specimen source is required.

Unacceptable Conditions: Nonsterile or leaking containers. Respiratory aspirates in collection containers with tubing. Samples tend to leak from these containers, compromising the specimen.
Transport Temp:    Refrigerated
Spec Stability:    Stable 3 days refrigerated.
Ref Lab/Code:    ARUP 0060256
  Method:    Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Note:    Mycoplasma pneumoniae culture is no longer routinely performed.
Processing Info:    Transport: 2 mL respiratory specimen in sterile container or in viral transport media (Microtest M4 or UTM) (ARUP supply #12884) or 1 mL CSF in sterile container, frozen. (Min: 0.5 mL)

Remarks: Separate samples must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered. Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles.