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Pertussis culture
Lab code: PERC
Test Synonyms:
Pertussis culture; Bordetella pertussis culture
  NOTE: This test is performed at an external reference lab.
Inpatient Req:
Microbiology (#11854)  
Outpatient Req:
Clinical Labs (#83608)  
Nasopharyngeal swab in special transport kit. Contact lab at x6-3613 to obtain kit.
Result Time:
Prelim: 4 days; Final: 10-14 days.   Cost: $$$
Reference Interval:
Important Information:
Instructions for collection provided with kit. Test performed by State Lab. Performed daily. Tested on patients 11 years or older with cough duration less than 2 weeks. If cough duration is more than two weeks, serology recommended. Tested on patients less than 11 years old always, regardless of cough duration.