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Test Code
SynonymsCulture; Chlamydophila pneumoniae Culture
Container TypeVCM or equivalent
Supply Item Numberpicture1785K or picture1785
Specimen TypePreferred Specimen: Lower respiratory secretions/washes, nasopharyngeal aspirate or lung tissue, submitted in VCM or equivalent.
Preferred Volume5 mL
Minimum Volume2 mL
Store and TransportFrozen - 70 Degrees C (Separate samples must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered)
Required Patient InfoSpecimen source
StabilityRoom Temp Unacceptable  Refrigerated 2 days  Frozen (-20 °C) Unacceptable  Frozen (-70 °C) 1 week  
Unacceptable ConditionSputum, whole blood, specimen not received in VCM or equivalent, received room temperature
Alternate SpecimensAcceptable: Throat/nasopharyngeal swab, eye-conjunctiva, ear drainage/aspirate, arterial tissue, cardiac tissue, pericardial tissue or synovium tissue, submitted in VCM or equivalent.
LimitationsTransport media must specify that it is suitable for chlamydia isolation.
CPT Codes87110, 87140
Billing CodeCHLPC
Test ScheduleMon-Sun
Turnaround Time4-6 days
MethodTissue Culture/Immunofluorescence
Reference Ranges
Chlamydia pneumoniae CultureNo Chlamydia pneumoniae isolated
Clinical SignificanceChlamydophila pneumoniae, formerly called chlamydia pneumoniae, is recognized as a common cause of atypical pneumonia and other acute respiratory diseases. Culture offers presumptive diagnosis and guidance for antibiotic selection.

Interface Codes
typeorder codetest descriptionresult coderesult descriptionunitsdecimal placesloinc code
o87110.Z6Chlamydia pneumoniae Culture
r87110.Z6Result87110.Z6Result  21184-7