Bordetella pertussis/parapertussis DNA, Qualitative, Real-Time PCR

S05 VCM, Nasal

Test code: 11365

CPT code(s): 87798 (x2)

Methodology: Real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)

Includes: B. pertussis DNA PCR and B. parapertussis DNA PCR

Alternative name(s): Whooping Cough; D. parapertussis/pertussis DNA

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.

Collection Guide: 

Supply: S05 - VCM Nasal Swab

Preferred specimen(s): Nasopharyngeal aspirate/wash/lavage OR Nasal swab

Preferred volume:
- Nasopharyngeal aspirate/wash/lavage: 1mL
- Nasal Swab: 1 swab

Transport container: Nasal VCM

Transport temperature: Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen stability: Refrigerated: 7 days

Special Instructions: DO NOT use calcium alginate swabs, as they may contain substances that inhibit PCR

Rejection Criteria: Amies Gel Bacterial Transport Swab

For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Service at (800) 891-2917, option 2.

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