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Test ID: FBORE    
Bordetella pertussis Antibodies, IgG and IgM by ELISA with Reflex to Immunoblot

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

B. pertussis Ab, IgG by ELISA   0.0 – 0.9 U/mL        

B. pertussis Ab, IgM by ELISA   <=1.1 U/mL


Recommend that treatment decisions be based on the result of the B.pertussis IgM immunoblot test instead of the ELISA test. B.pertussis IgM test by ELISA may produce false-positive results.


Test Performed By:    ARUP Laboratories

                                500 Chipeta Way

                                Salt Lake City, UT   84108

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Detectable levels of IgG antibodies to B. pertussis may be

seen in the serum of vaccinated individuals of all ages, in

early infancy as the result of placental transfer, and in

the convalescent phase of a recent infection. IgG antibodies

can only be used to diagnose active infection when paired

sera are available and a rise in antibody level can be

demonstrated. A significant rise may not always be demon-

strated as peak levels of IgG may be reached before the

first sample is collected. Therefore, IgA and IgM antibody

levels should be measured to diagnose active disease.