Days Set Up
Daily, once per day (specimen must be received by lab no later than 10:00 am to be included in daily run)
Analytic Time

1 day

MiChart Code
Bordetella pertussis / parapertussis PCR, Nasopharynx
Soft Order Code
PCRBP

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Synonyms

BPFA
PCRBP
BORDETELLA PERT/PARAPERT PCR
Whooping Cough DNA by PCR
BORDETELLA DIRECT FA SMEAR
Pertussis DNA by PCR

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

Establish diagnosis of pertussis (whooping cough).

Reference Range

No Bordetella pertussis/parapertussis DNA detected.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection

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.

M4 Transport & Remel M6
Normal Volume
1 mini-tip or regular flocked swab or NP swab
Minimum Volume
1 mini-tip or regular flocked swab or NP swab

Billing Information

CPT Code
87801
Pro Fee Code
 
LOINC
41875-6

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As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.