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Test ID: MPRP    
Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Molecular Detection, PCR

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Specimen source is required.


Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

Microbiology Request Form (T244) (

Neurology Test Request Form (T732) (


Specimen Type: Respiratory

Sources: Bronchial washing, bronchoalveolar lavage, tracheal secretions, sputum

Container/Tube: Sterile container or place specimen in M4, M5, or UTM

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated 7 days


Specimen Type: Swab

Sources: Throat or nasopharyngeal

Container/Tube: Culture transport swab (Stuart's media) or place swab in M4, M5 or UTM

Specimen Volume: Swab

Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated 7 days/Frozen 7 days


Specimen Type: Fluid

Sources: Pleural fluid, pericardial fluid or cerebrospinal fluid

Container/Tube: Sterile vial

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days/Frozen 7 days

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

Non-swab specimen: 0.5 mL; Swab: 1 swab

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected









Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesVaries7 days