Bordetella pertussis Culture
0060117
Ordering Recommendation
CDC recommended test for the diagnosis of pertussis. Consider concurrent testing with B. pertussis by PCR (0065080).
Mnemonic
MC PERT
Methodology
Culture/Identification
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
Within 7 days
Preliminary: as soon as positive detected; Final: Negative at 7 days  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
  
Collect
Nasal aspirate or washing or nasopharyngeal swab.  
Specimen Preparation
Aspirate or Washing: Transfer to a sterile container.(Min: 0.5 mL).  Nasopharyngeal Swab: Place swab in Regan-Lowe transport media and incubate for 24-48 hours at 35°C (ARUP supply# 24962). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. Also acceptable: Swab in Jones Kendrick media or Amies with charcoal media, or swabs in described media sent directly without incubation.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature or refrigerated.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Sputum, Eswabs or medias other than listed above.  
Remarks
Specimen source preferred.  
Stability
Incubated Regan-Lowe: Ambient: 4 days; Refrigerated: 4 days; Frozen: Unacceptable
Unincubated Regan-Lowe, Amie with charcoal swab, Aspirate or Washing:
Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
Culture negative for Bordetella pertussis.  
Interpretive Data
 
Note
Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis detection by PCR also available (0065080).
CPT Code(s)
87081; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060117Culture, Bordetella pertussis549-6
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Aliases
  • B. pertussis culture
  • culture, B. pertussis
  • Culture, Bordetella pertussis
  • Pertussis Culture
  • Whooping Cough Culture