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The high sensitivity of amplification by PCR requires the specimen to be processed in an environment in which contamination of the specimen by Mycoplasma pneumoniae DNA is not likely.
Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:
Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/microbiology_test_request_form.pdf)
Neurology Test Request Form (T732) (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/neurology-request-form.pdf)
Specimen source is required.
Submit only 1 of the following specimens:
Specimen Type: Respiratory
Sources: Bronchial washing, bronchoalveolar lavage, tracheal secretions, sputum
Preferred: Sterile container
Acceptable: Place specimen in M4, M5, or UTM
Specimen Volume: 1 mL
Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated 7 days
Specimen Type: Swab
Sources: Throat or nasopharyngeal
Preferred: Culture swab transport system (Dacron or rayon swab with aluminum or plastic shaft with either Stuart or Amies liquid medium)
Acceptable: Culture transport swab (Stuart's media) or place swab in M4, M5, UTM, or ESwab
Specimen Volume: Swab
1. Collect specimen by swabbing back and forth over mucosa surface to maximize recovery of cells.
2. Place swab back into swab cylinder.
Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated 7 days/Frozen 7 days
Specimen Type: Fluid
Sources: Pleural/chest, pericardial, cerebrospinal
Container/Tube: Sterile vial
Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL
Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days/Frozen 7 days
Cotton or calcium alginate-tipped swab, wooden shaft swab, transport swab containing gel or charcoal, Port-a-Cul tube, anaerobic fluid vials, or dry swab (no pledget or sponge)