The test is used to detect and diagnose a Bordetella pertussis infection, commonly known as whooping cough.
The results of the test can be positive or negative.
A positive PCR test means that it is likely that the person has pertussis. However, the PCR test may also be positive with other Bordetella species.
A negative PCR test means that it is less likely that the person has pertussis but does not rule it out.
Culture results are dependent on proper specimen collection and transport, duration of symptoms, when the sample is collected, and prior antimicrobial therapy administered before the culture is taken.
Keywords: Bordetella Pertussis Culture, PCR, Antibodies (IgA, IgG, IgM), Pertussis Tests, Whooping Cough Tests