Neisseria spp. Identification

Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure #:  MAA0036A
CPT: 87077

Synonym(s): Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Neisseria meningitidis, Gonorrhea, GNDC  
Requisition Form


Test Description Identification of Neisseria spp.
Pre-Approval Needed N/A
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Human
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

Pure isolate

Minimum Volume/Size Required

At least one viable colony

Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping After overnight incubation at 35-37C with ~5% CO2, store slants at an ambient temperature. 
Transport Medium

Appropriate solid medium that supports growth

Specimen Labeling
  • Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, medical record number
  • Identifiers on specimen must exactly match submission form.
Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements
  • Ship according to Dangerous Good Regulation, IATA, and/or CFR 49.
  • Ship at ambient temperature.  
Method Conventional biochemical, MALDI-TOF (Mass spectrometry), serotyping (N. meningitidis only)
Turn-around Time 2-21 days.
  • Material must be viable.
  • Improper storage or shipping temperatures limit organism recovery. 
Common Causes for Rejection
  • Insufficient quantity
  • Unacceptable specimen type or source
  • Improper shipping conditions
  • Expired media or collection container
  • Discrepancies between specimen label and submission form
  • Incomplete or missing submission form.
Additional Information Isolates from sterile sites identified as Neisseria meningitidis will be serotyped.