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Legionella pneumophila

Test Code: 201800
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Clinical Utility

This assay is only available as part of a panel and cannot be ordered individually.

Legionella pneumophila is a gram negative pleomorphic bacterium and is the causative agent of Legionnaires' disease, causing infection in the lungs and severe pneumonia requiring hospitalization. The bacteria can also cause Pontiac fever, a less serious infection that seems more like a mild case of the flu and generally resolves on its own. Legionella is transmitted via contaminated aerosolized water, and is not transmitted from person-to-person. Those most at risk are patients who have failed outpatient antibiotic therapy for community-acquired pneumonia, patients with severe pneumonia in intensive care, pneumonia patients in the setting of a legionellosis outbreak, patients with travel history and the immunocompromised.

 

Specimens are approved for testing in New York only when indicated in the Specimen Information field above. The CPT codes provided are based on Viracor Eurofins' interpretation of the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and are provided for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Questions regarding coding should be addressed to your local Medicare carrier. Viracor Eurofins assumes no responsibility for billing errors due to reliance on the CPT codes illustrated in this material.

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