Pathology Handbook

Legionella antigen

Test Includes

Detection of Legionella pneumophila antigen in urine

Clinical Indications


Request Form 

Request via ICE


On request during routine working hours

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection and any current, or intended, antibiotic therapy

Turnaround Time

Same day
If the urine antigen is positive the sample will be sent to a Reference Laboratory (Addenbrookes) for confirmation; results will usually be available 7-10 days after the original screening test


Urine, white or red capped universal bottle


Minimum 5 ml


Urine bottle micro red top


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Lab Handling

Samples should be tested as soon as possible

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory