Pertussis by PCR

Method Name

Reference Laboratory


Pertussis Culture; Bordetella Pertussis; Pertussis DNA By PCR; Pertusis By PCR, Pertussis Culture

Specimen Required

Respiratory specimens on rayon or dacron swab, or direct respiratory specimen such as BAL, respiratory aspirate, or sputum. Please note specimen source. Unacceptable conditions are calcium-alginate swabs (shown to inhibit PCR) and respiratory aspriates

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Respiratory specimen (2 mL) on swab or direct respiratory speciimen should be sent in sterile container, or in viral transport media. Specimen should be refrigerated for transport to the laboratory and then frozen upon receipt. Stability is ambient 4 ho

Special Instructions

The PCR testing is performed by the reference laboratory. Viral culture media may be obtained from the Laboratory.

Performing Laboratory

As ordered. Turn around time is 2-5 days.

Reference Values