Pathology Handbook

Mycoplasma IgM (rapid screen)


Acute pneumonia screen

Clinical Indications

Acute pneumonia

Test Includes

Detection of Mycoplasma IgM in serum
Often done in conjunction with Legionella urinary antigen and Strep pneumoniae urinary antigen

Request Form 

Reques via ICE


On request during routine working hours

Specific Criteria

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

Turnaround Time

Same day
Positive samples are sent to Reference Laboratory (Addenbrookes) for confirmation


Serum, red or gold top (SST) tube


7 ml


Vacutainer red top


Samples should be transported to the laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory

Lab. Handling

Samples should be processed as soon as possible