Test Details

Mnemonic

BPCUL

Ordering Code

3719800

CPT-4 Code(s)

87081

Specimen Information

Collect

Nasopharyngeal swab

Specimen Preparation

Collect nasopharyngeal specimen and place swab in Regan-Lowe transport tube and send sample room temperature. Specimen source required. Preincubation of the inoculated Regan-Lowe medium at 36°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

Minimum Volume

1 swab

Transport Temperature

Not pre-incubated: Room temperature
Incubated: Refrigerated

Rejection Criteria

Sputum, dry and cotton swabs, Amies, Anterior nasal/nares

Stability

Regan-Lowe:
Room temperature: 48 hours
Refrigerated: 72 hours
Frozen: Unacceptable

Eswabs:
Room temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 4 days
Frozen: Unacceptable

Methodology

Culture
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Reference Range

Not isolated
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Performing Laboratory

Quest Valencia
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