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Test Name: B pertussis PCR

Test Code(s): BORPCR / BPPCR

CPT Code(s): 87798 x 3

Methodology: PCR

Clinical Significance: PCR assay for the detection of Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis DNA in respiratory specimens.  Assay will also detect Bordetella holmsesii.

Testing Site: Testing will be sent to an approved reference laboratory.

Days Performed: Mon-Fri.

Turnaround Time: Routine: 1 - 2 days.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: See collection instructions.

Collection Instructions: Obtain Pertussis collection kit from UWHC Core Lab, (608)263-7060.

Collect nasopharyngeal swabs or aspirates. Follow collection instructions that come with kit. Kit will contain swabs, Regan-Lowe medium for culture and sterile tube for PCR testing.

Collection Container: Preferred: Pertussis kit

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to UWHC Core Laboratory (B4/220).  


Expected Results:

No B. pertussis DNA detected.  No B. parapertussis DNA detected.

Test Limitations:

This test is not FDA approved and test results must be correlated with patient history to confirm as a case of B. pertussis or B. parapertussis.

Additional Information:

This test detects the presence of an insertion sequence, IS481. This sequence is also known to be present in Bordetella holmesii, an uncommon respiratory pathogen of humans.

Bordetella parapertussis B.
B. holmesii
whooping cough

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