Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Name
Pertussis- Culture & PCR

Synonyms
Bordetella culture

CMH Lab Section
Molecular Infectious Diseases

Specimen Requirements
Contact the Microbioloby Lab (234-3386) for a collection kit.

Availability
Routine

Turn Around Time
PCR: testing performed Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Culture: 7 days

Special Instructions
Kit contents: transport bag containing 1 Regan Lowe tube, 1 saline tube and 2 swabs.
Collection instructions will be included in the bag.
Please read instructions carefully.
Tubes that leak in transport will not be processed for PCR.

Methodology
PCR for B. pertussis.
Culture for B. pertussis & B. parapertussis.

Ranges
PCR: negative.
Culture: no Bordetella isolated.

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