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Test ID: MPC    
Mycoplasma Pneumoniae Culture

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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.

Collect respiratory specimen in mycoplasma transport media (Supply T187) supplied, Universal transport medium, M4 or M5. Specimen must be placed in transport media within 2 hours of collection. Send specimen frozen. Raw specimens are not acceptable.


3 mL Sputum, Bronchial Washings, Tracheal Aspirate, Broncoalveolar Lavage, Nasopharyngeal Aspirate, Respiratory Fluid, 1 Throat Swab or 1 Nasopharyngeal Swab.

Note:    1. Specimen source is required

            2. Separate specimens must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered.

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.

1 mL

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




Warm reject; Cold reject







-Unacceptable: Lung Tissue, Sterile Body Fluids (Pleural Fluid, Pericardial Fluid, or others) Due to stability (Refrigerate 48 hours\Frozen NO\Ambient NO)

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
VariesFrozen30 days