BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS/PARAPERTUSSIS CULTURE

Test Documentation
Specimen Required
Collect nasopharyngeal specimen and place the swab in Regan Lowe Transport tube. Leave swab in Regan-Lowe and send sample room temperature. Specimen source required. Preincubation of the inoculated Regan-Lowe medium at 36 degrees C for 1-2 days before transit will increase survivability of Bordetella spp. Ship Regan-Lowe at room temperature if not pre-incubated; ship refrigerated if incubated.

Alternate Specimen
Nasopharyngeal swab collected in Eswab Mini-tip transport system

Rejection Criteria
Sputum, dry and cotton swabs

Methodology
Culture

Stability
Regan-Lowe: Room Temperature: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable
Eswabs: Room Temperature: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 4 days; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Range
Not isolated

Performed
Sunday-Saturday

Turnaround Time8-11 days
Test CodeBPCUL
CPT-4 Code (s)
87081
LOINC Codes
Source   31208-2  
Bordetella Culture   Not available  
Bordetella Source   31208-2  

Warde
Medical
Laboratory