Bordetella Pertussis 

Bordetella pertussis (PCR)

Test Name:  

Bordetella pertussis 

Alternate Name (s):  

Whooping Cough, pertussis

Laboratory Module:  


Ordering Mnemonic:  


Specimen Type:   

Nasopharyngeal Swab

Collection Container:  

Bordetella pertussis transport media that has been obtained from the laboratory

Container Information
Bordetella Pertussis Media with NP swabBordetella Pertussis Media with NP swab

Collection Information:  

Nasopharyngeal Specimen Collection

Patients head should be inclined from vertical to about 70%

Insert flexible wire nasopharyngeal swab into one nostril.

Press the swab tip on the mucosal surface of the mid-inferior turbinate.

Rub swab back and forth about 5 times.  Leave swab in place for a few seconds to absorb material.

Withdraw swab and insert immediately into the transport media.

Cut excess wire with scissors.

Label and transport to lab as soon as possible.

Note: Rule of thumb to determine when swab is placed properly: insert swab one-half the distance from the tip of the nose to the tip of the earlobe.


Test Schedule:  


Turnaround Time:  


Preliminary: 1 to 2 weeks

Final: 1 to 2 weeks

Stat / Urgent

Preliminary: 1 to 2 weeks

Final: 1 to 2 weeks

Reference Interval:  


Critical Values:  

As growth is detected and identified the information is made available to the health care provider.

Lab Process Notes :  


Storage & Transport:  

After collection refrigerate the specimen.

Test Referred to :   

Public Health Laboratories,Hamilton

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