PERTUSSIS BY PCR

Mnemonic

<b><span style='color:red'><u>BPERPCR</span></u></b>

Synonym

Whooping Cough by PCR - Bordetella Pertussis/Parapertussis by PCR)

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Preferred Specimen: Nasopharyngeal swabis in Stuarts, Amies, M4 or M4-RT transport media. Also acceptable: Nasopharyngeal aspirate or nasal wash.

Handling

Perform collection in appropriate media or sterile container and freeze.

Preferred Volume

1.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Transport

Frozen

Rejection Criteria

Samples collected with calcium alginate or charcoal swabs

Stability

Ambient: 4 hours; Refrigerate: 7 days; Frozen: 3 months

Testing Information

Performed

Mon-Fri (am), plus weekend run

Method

Realtime PCR, SmartCycler

Referral Lab

Legacy Laboratory Services

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative for Bordetella pertussis DNA. A negative result does not rule out the presence of B pertussis or parapertussis DNA below the limit of the detection method.

CPT Codes

87798

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:42:24 AM