Microbiology Laboratory Tests: Mumps to Mycoplasmosis

Mycoplasmosis (Serological – Forwarded by TDSHS to CDC for testing)


  • Results Available: N/A
  • Contact #s: N/A


  • Method:  N/A
  • Turnaround Time:  3 weeks
  • Reference Range:  <1:8 (Nonreactive) 
  • Limitations: May not detect a recent infection, or infection in a person with a severely compromised immune system.
  • Interpretation: Nonreactive indicates that the patient does not have detectable antibody to the infectious agent. Reactive indicates that the patient has detectable antibody to the infectious agent, and depending on the clinical picture, may have a current or past infection.

Specimen Requirements

  • Specimen Collection: Venipuncture
  • Sample Type:  N/A
  • Volume/Amount Required: 10 mL whole blood.
  • Preferred Specimen:  Single serum; Paired sera
  • Collection/Preservation: Red top or tiger top tube
  • Storage Instructions: Do not freeze or refrigerate whole blood. Separated serum may be held at 2-8°C.
  • Causes for Rejection: Discrepancy between name on tube and name on form, insufficient quantity of serum for testing.
  • Sample Container: Red top or tiger top tube.
  • Sample Test Kit:  N/A
  • Availability:  N/A
  • Diagnostic Information:  Previous notification is requested (458-7760). A detailed patient history is required.  Single titers of >1:64 is indicative of recent infection. Titers of 1:8 to 1:32 may be indicative of either past or present infection. A four-fold or greater increase in titer between acute and convalescent specimens confirms the diagnosis.

Specimen Submission

  • Required Request Form: G-2A.
  • Specimen Handling: Use Universal Precautions
  • Transport Temperature:  Ambient temperature for specimens on the blood clot, separated serum at 2-8°C (refrigerated) or -20°C (frozen).
  • Shipping Requirements: Triple contain, separated serum may be shipped on cold packs (2-8°C), or frozen (-20°C) and mailed on dry ice.