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Laboratory Test Reference Guide

Laboratory Information

Test Name

Legionella PCR


Legionella PCR - Respiratory samples.
Legionella PCR - Serum samples

Specimen Collection

Pre Testing Requirements

Test normally performed on hospitalised patients only.

Specimen Collection and Transport Protocols

Blood (Gold tube, 1mL serum). The optimal samples for Legionella PCR are a serum sample plus a respiratory sample, ie bronchoalveolar lavage, lung biopsy, ET aspirate or sputum sample.Specimens should be collected with a minimum amount of saline, as this can be inhibitory to Legionella species.

Adult Specimen

Bronchoalveolar lavage, lung biopsy or ET aspirate; however sputum will be accepted. Serum samples will be tested but respiratory samples are optimal.

Test Information


Molecular Biology

Test Availability

Mon - Fri, 0800 - 1630 excl. Public Holidays

Laboratory Turnaround Time

Next working day


Real time PCR


Detected or Not detected.

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL