Ordering Recommendation

CDC-recommended test for the diagnosis of pertussis in nasopharyngeal swab and nasal wash specimens.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

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

Specimen Preparation

Fluid: Transfer 2 mL respiratory specimen to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL) Also acceptable: Transfer to viral transport 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


Unacceptable Conditions

Calcium-alginate swabs.


Specimen source required.


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


Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction




1-4 days

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)


Hotline History


CPT Codes

87798 x2


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0065078 Bordetella pertussis by PCR 23826-1
0065079 Bordetella parapertussis by PCR 29723-4
2002176 B. pertussis/parapertussis Source 31208-2
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  • Bordetella pertussis and parapertussis
  • Bordetella Pertussis, parapertussis Molecular Detection
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Bordetella pertussis/parapertussis by PCR