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Test Name

Mycoplasma pneumoniae DNA, Qualitative, Real-Time PCR

CPT Code(s)

87581

Methodology

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Reference Range(s)

Not detected

Clinical Significance

Mycoplasma pneumoniae DNA, PCR, is a highly sensitive method to detect the presence of Mycoplasma pneumoniae DNA in clinical specimens.
The diagnosis of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection should not rely soley upon the result of a PCR assay. A positive result should be determined in conjunction with clinical presentation and additional established clinical tests. Moreover, this assay cannot differentiate between viable and nonviable organisms. A negative PCR result indicates the absence of Mycoplasma pneumoniae DNA at detectable levels in the sample tested and does not exclude the diagnosis of disease.

Alternative Name(s)

M. pneumoniae by PCR

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