Legionella Panel (Includes Culture and DFA)
Label Mnemonic: LEGPAN
Epic Lab Code: LAB8325
Downtime Form: A-1a Miscellaneous Request
Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
5231 RCP
356-8593
Specimen(s):
Sputum; Bronchial Brushings; Tracheal Aspirate; BAL/Washing; Pleural Fluid; Peritoneal Fluid; Pericardial Fluid; Biopsy; Lung Tissue, Autopsy
For other specimens: Call State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) at 335-4335 for consultation before collection and submission.
Specimen Instructions:
Identify specimen type.
Collection Medium:
Sterile Container
Minimum:
1 mL Sputum
3 mL Tracheal Aspirate or BAL/Washing
5 mL Pleural, Peritoneal or Pericardial Fluid

Biopsy or Lung Tissue: add a small amount of sterile, non‑bacteriostatic distilled water to prevent desiccation. DO NOT ADD SALINE.

Use Sterile container (Product #37777 or #37778) for all specimen types.
Rejection Criteria:
Feces and Urine. Delayed delivery to referral testing laboratory. Room temperature or frozen specimen.
Delivery Instructions:
Deliver to laboratory immediately after collection. Specimen should arrive at reference laboratory within 24 hours of collection & during business hours (M-F, 8-5). If transport can't be accomplished with 24 hours, call SHL a 335-4335.
Turn Around Time:
7-10 days upon receipt at reference laboratory
Reference Range:
Culture - No growth after 7 days
DFA - Negative
Methodology:
Culture; DFA - Immunofluorescence
CPT Code:
87278