Bordetella pertussis/parapertussis Culture

Last Modified: 9/8/2021 8:09:58 AM

Medical Necessity Documentation:  
Client Notes:  
Patient Preparation:  
Specimen Requirements:

Nasopharyngeal specimen in a Blue Capped E-Swab® (with Liquid Amies)

Collection Instructions: Nasopharyngeal Collection Instructions

Mini-tip swabs must be used for nasopharyngeal specimens and placed in ESwab transport medium.
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability: 4 days Refrigerated
Rejection Criteria: Rayon or cotton-tipped swabs, Amies, Amies with charcoal culture swab ; anterior nasal/nares; Dry swab
Reference Range: Not isolated
Critical Ranges:  
Test Comments:  If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge.  (CPT code(s): 87077 or 87147 or 87149 or 87143 or 87140)
Methodology: Culture
Clinical Significance: Bordetella pertussis is the cause of whooping cough. Bordetella parapertussis is a related organism and causes a similar but milder disease.
Documentation:  Do not use rayon or cotton-tipped swabs, since they may be toxic to Bordetella.
Custom Panel: No


Turn Around Time: 13 to 14 days
Days Performed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sites Performed: Quest - Chantilly
PHL Test Code: BPPPC
EPIC Test Code: LAB2931
Send Out Test Code: 595
Alternate Test Names: Whooping Cough
Included Tests:  
CPT Coding: 87801

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