Ordering Recommendation

CDC-recommended test for the diagnosis of pertussis.

Mnemonic
BPERT
Methodology

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

2-7 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Respiratory specimen: Aspirate, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), swab or sputum.

Specimen Preparation

Fluid: Transfer 2 ml respiratory specimen to sterile container. (Min: 0.5 ml) Also acceptable: Transfer to viral transport m media (ARUP supply #12884) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
Swabs:
Place in viral transport media.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Frozen

Unacceptable Conditions

Calcium-alginate swabs.

Remarks
Stability

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 2 weeks

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87798

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060037 Bordetella pertussis Source 31208-2
0065078 Bordetella pertussis by PCR 23826-1
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Aliases
  • B pertussis PCR
Bordetella pertussis by PCR