Bordetella pertussis Culture
0060117
Ordering Recommendation
CDC recommended test for the diagnosis of pertussis.
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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.
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
A negative culture does not exclude the possibility of Bordetella pertussis infection.
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 Name
0060117Culture, Bordetella pertussis
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Cross References
  • B. pertussis culture
  • culture, B. pertussis
  • Culture, Bordetella pertussis
  • Pertussis Culture
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