Pathology Handbook

Bordetella Pertussis Serology

Synonyms

Bordetella pertussis, pertussins, whooping cough.

Test Includes

Detection of antibodies to B.pertussis.

Clinical Indications

Clinical diagnosis of whooping cough.

Request Form

Request via ICE.

Availabilty

On request during normal working hours; reference laboratory test (HPA Colindale).

Specific Criteria

Detailed clincal information including dates of onset and exposure. History of cough for more than 2 weeks.

Turnaround Time

7-10 days.

Specimen

Blood.

Volume

7ml.

Container

Gold Top (SST).

Collection

Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately.

Causes For Rejection

Unlabelled/inadequately labelled sample.

Lab Handling

Aliquot and store at -20C; send to the reference laboratory as soon as possible.