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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)

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NOTE: This article is based on research that utilizes the sources cited here as well as the collective experience of the Lab Tests Online Editorial Review Board. This article is periodically reviewed by the Editorial Board and may be updated as a result of the review. Any new sources cited will be added to the list and distinguished from the original sources used.

Sources Used in Current Review

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(August 26, 2010) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pertussis. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/ through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed November 2011.

(February 14, 2011) CDC. Pertussis, Diagnosis Confirmation Testing. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/clinical/diagnostic-testing/diagnosis-confirmation.html through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed November 2011.

(February 14, 2011) CDC. Best Practices for Health Care Professionals on the use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for Diagnosing Pertussis. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/clinical/diagnostic-testing/diagnosis-pcr-bestpractices.html through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed November 2011.

(September 12, 2011) Minnesota State Department of Health. Pertussis Laboratory Testing. Available online at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/pertussis/hcp/labfacts.html through http://www.health.state.mn.us. Accessed November 2011.

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