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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 Antibodies (IgA, IgG, IgM)

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect and diagnose a Bordetella pertussis infection, commonly known as whooping cough

When to Get Tested?

When you have persistent spasms or fits of coughing (paroxysms) that the healthcare practitioner 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?