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Pertussis Tests

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Also known as: Whooping Cough Tests
Formal name: Bordetella pertussis Culture; Bordetella pertussis by PCR; Bordetella pertussis by DFA; Bordetella pertussis Antibodies (IgA, IgG, IgM)

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect and diagnose a Bordetella pertussis infection

When to Get Tested?

When you have persistent, sharp spasms or fits of coughing (paroxysms) that the doctor suspects is due to pertussis (whooping cough); when you have symptoms of a cold and have been exposed to someone with pertussis

Sample Required?

A nasopharyngeal (NP) swab or a nasal aspirate; occasionally, a blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?