|Alternate:||Pertussis PCR, PCR for Pertussis/Parapertussis|
|Includes:||Polymerase chain reaction methodology for detection of Bordetella pertussis and parapertussis|
|Available:||Mon - Sat, first shift only Specimens received before 12 noon result the same day|
|Turnaround:||same day result if received before 12 noon.|
|Specimen:||Preferred: NP swab collected from the posterior NP.
Alternate: Nasal wash or respiratory suction/sample
|Volume:||Preferred: 1 NP swab
Alternate: 1 ml of nasal wash or respiratory suction/sample
|Container:||Preferred: Swab in culturette or in M4 media.
Alternate: Sterile container for nasal wash or other respiratory suction/sample.
|Temperature:||Room temperature. Refrigerate if transport is delayed more than one hour.
|Normal:||Negative for B. pertussis/parapertussis by PCR|
|Uses:||Detects the presence of Bordetella pertussis and/or parapertussis|
|Limitations:||A negative result does not necessarily rule out infection of pertussis or parapertussis|
|Method:||Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)|
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