Bordetella Antibodies

This test is referred to another lab outside our network
This does not affect where samples are sent and where your results are issued.
Sample sent to PHE Colindale RVPBRU referral laboratory for anti-pertussis toxin IgG testing. Samples should be taken >2 weeks after cough onset for any individuals with a history of prolonged cough. Following vaccination, the anti-toxin IgG may be elevated above the reference range.
Clinical details: 
Whooping cough is a highly infectious disease. The coughing symptoms can last for months. Severe complications requiring hospitalisation occur most commonly in infants under six months of age. Please discuss possible cases with the local health protection unit or an infection doctor. Genome detection via. PCR may be more appropriate in acute infections.
Reference range: 

See reference laboratory report

Sample type and Volume required: 
2.5 – 5ml Yellow Top Serum Separation Tube (SST) Clotted Blood (for serum).
Turnaround time: 
14 working days
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). To prevent sample haemolysis please store samples in refrigerator if a delay in sending samples to CSR is unavoidable.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 04/12/2017