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Test Compendium


Test Code

  • 1705

Test Synonym

  • Bordetella pertussis Culture

Minimum Volume

  • 1 Swab

Specimen Requirements

  • Swab In Transport Medium Or Vial


  • Bordetella Transport Media


  • Refrigerated

Turn Around Time

  • 7 days

CPT Codes

  • 87070
    *The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are provided for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the responsibility of the billing entity. Please direct any questions regarding the CPT coding to the payer being billed.

Special Instructions

  • The test request form must state evaluate for Bordetella pertussis.

Additional Information

  • Guide the flexible swab into the contour of the nares and into the nasopharynx. Pass the swab gently through the nose. Leave swab in place near septum and floor of nose for 15-30 seconds. Rotate and remove. Place into special transport media available from the laboratory.