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 (Supply T244)
Neurology Test Request Form (T732) (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/media/customer-service/forms/neurology-request-form.pdf)
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
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.