Specimen Requirements

Title

CULTURE, MYCOPLASMA (RESPIRATORY)

Specimen Requirement

Collect respiratory specimens (nasopharyx or throat swab or washing, tracheal aspirate, sputum), place immediately in M4 Viral Transport Medium. Refrigerate.

Methodology

Conventional culture technique.

Stability

Refrigerate: 48 hours; Frozen: 30 days

Reference Range

By Report.

Turnaround

Culture Preliminary ? 12 days/ Culture Final ? 22-24 days.

Clinical Use

The culture isolates and identifies Mycoplasma pneumoniae which can cause respiratory tract infections.

Test Code

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