Bordetella Pertussis / Parapertussis DNA Qualitative

Last Modified: 10/29/2018 12:04:08 PM

Specimen Requirements:

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

Collection Instructions: Use Amies' collection tube with liquid Amies and wire collection swab.
Insert swab into nostril parallel to the palate and leave in place for a few seconds to absorb secretions. 
Swab both nostrils. Place swab(s) immediately into transport tube.

Nasalpharyngeal Collection Instructions
Minimum Volume: 0.3 mL NP Aspirate/Wash
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability: 7 days Ambient
7 days Refrigerated
30 days Frozen

Ship swab refrigerated (cold packs).
Rejection Criteria: Gel Amies; Do not use calcium alginate swabsas they may contain substances that inhibit PCR;
Reference Range: B. pertussis DNA: Not Detected
B. parapertussis DNA: Not Detected
Methodology: Real-Time PCR
Clinical Significance: Bordetella pertussis is the cause of whooping cough that may occur in unimmunized individuals. B. parapertussis is a related organism that causes a similar, but milder, disease. Laboratory diagnosis may require both culture and serological confirmation, although culture is difficult.
Custom Panel: No


Turn Around Time: 2 to 4 days
Days Performed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Sites Performed: Quest - Chantilly
PHL Test Code: MSOT
EPIC Test Code:
Send Out Test Code: 11365
Alternate Test Names: B. pertussis/para DNA, QL Real-Time PCR; B.PERTUSSIS DNA, PCR; Bordetella pertussis/parapertussis DNA, Qual R-T P
CPT Coding: 87798 x 2

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