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The high sensitivity of amplification by PCR requires the specimen to be processed in an environment in which contamination of the specimen by Bordetella pertussis or Bordetella parapertussis DNA is unlikely.
Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) with the specimen (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/microbiology_test_request_form.pdf)
Specimen source is required.
Submit only 1 of the following specimens:
Specimen Type: Nasopharyngeal swab
Container/Tube: Rayon swab with an aluminum shaft placed in transport medium such as Stuart's with or without charcoal, or Amies with or without charcoal (Transwab Nasopharyngeal with Charcoal System [T286]) or a green top nasopharyngeal swab (rayon mini-tip) with Stuartâ€™s media (no charcoal) (T515)
Additional Information: Other swab or media types may be inhibitory to PCR testing and will be rejected.
Specimen Type: Nasopharyngeal (not throat) aspirate/wash or nasal aspirate/wash
Container/Tube: Sterile container with a screw top cap (no transport media)
Specimen Volume: Entire collection
Nose, nasal, or throat swab; calcium alginate or cotton-tipped swab; swab sent in gel transport medium, viral/universal transport medium, or Regan Lowe media; ESwab; swabs with solid plastic shaft; dry swab
|Varies||Refrigerated (preferred)||7 days|