This assay is only available as part of a panel and cannot be ordered individually.
B. pertussis is a fastidious, gram-negative bacterium, known as whooping cough. Potentially fatal in infants, about half of all children diagnosed with whooping cough under the age of one will be hospitalized. In addition to supporting early diagnosis, multiplex PCR may also aid the management of outbreaks. Whooping cough may be challenging to recognize in earlier stages of the disease, as it may appear as mild respiratory disease without the characteristic "whoop."
Specimens are approved for testing in New York only when indicated in the Specimen Information field above. The CPT codes provided are based on Viracor Eurofins' interpretation of the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and are provided for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Questions regarding coding should be addressed to your local Medicare carrier. Viracor Eurofins assumes no responsibility for billing errors due to reliance on the CPT codes illustrated in this material.