Bordetella pertussis/parapertussis Culture

Last Modified: 5/27/2020 1:02:54 PM

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

Nasopharyngeal specimen in Reagan-Lowe Transport Medium
Nasopharyngeal specimen in a Blue Capped E-Swab® (with Liquid Amies)

Collection Instructions: Nasopharyngeal Collection Instructions

Do not use rayon or cotton-tipped swabs, since they may be toxic to Bordetella.

Mini-tip swabs must be used for nasopharyngeal specimens and placed in ESwab transport medium.
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability: 4 days Refrigerated
Rejection Criteria: Anterior nasal/nares • Dry swab • Amies • Amies with charcoal culture swab
Reference Range: Not isolated
Critical Ranges:  
Test Comments:  
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.
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
Included Tests:  
CPT Coding: 87801

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