|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.