Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Establish diagnosis of pertussis (whooping cough).
No Bordetella pertussis/parapertussis DNA detected.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
The test should be performed only on patients with symptoms and clinical presentation consistent with pertussis. This test should not be used as a screening test, or for identification of "exposed individuals". False positive results are possible when testing asymptomatic colonized individuals. Cross-reactivity has been shown to occur with Bordetella holmseii, but the clinical significance of this is unknown.
- BORDETELLA PERT/PARAPERT PCR
- Whooping Cough DNA by PCR
- BORDETELLA DIRECT FA SMEAR
- Pertussis DNA by PCR
Swab posterior nasopharynx with calcium alginate, rayon, or dacron swab and place in M-4 RT media. Can be transported and stored at refrigerated or room temperature for up to 5 days. Do not use BD Eswab collection kit.
PCR test includes DNA detection for Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis.