Ordering Recommendation

CDC-recommended test for the diagnosis of pertussis. Consider concurrent testing with Bordetella pertussis/parapertussis by PCR (0065080).

Mnemonic
MC PERT
Methodology

Culture/Identification

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Negative at 8 days
Positives as soon as detected

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



Compliance Category

Standard

Note

Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis detection by PCR also available (0065080).

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87081; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060117 Culture, Bordetella pertussis 549-6
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Aliases
  • B. pertussis culture
  • culture, B. pertussis
  • Culture, Bordetella pertussis
  • Pertussis Culture
  • Whooping Cough Culture
Bordetella pertussis Culture