Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Bordetella Pertussis PCR

  • Synonyms: Whooping cough
  • LIS Mnemonic: BPPCR

    Collect

    Nasopharyngeal aspirate collected via leukens or a sterile, leak-proof container.

    ***Nasopharyngeal aspirates are the only acceptable specimens for this test.

    Specimens should be collected and transported to the lab as soon as possible to ensure stability of nucleic acids in the sample and to ensure accurate test results.

    Volume Required

    1-5 mLs

    Minimum Required

    0.5 mLs

    Transport

    Send to the lab immediately, optimally on ice. If transport is delayed greater than 30 minutes, freeze specimen and send on ice. Specimens must be received by 7 A.M. for same-day result.

    Stability

    If unable to send to the lab within 30 minutes of collection, specimen should be frozen and sent on ice.

    Unacceptable conditions

    Specimens should not be submitted in viral transport media.

Days Performed

Monday-Friday (excluding holidays)

Reported

Same day if received by 7 A.M., if sent after 7 A.M.- next day

CPT

87798

Methodology

PCR