Bartonella – PCR – Lymph Node Tissue CSF
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Bartonella – PCR Reference
Lymph node or tissue is the most appropriate type of specimen. CSF may also be tested.
0.5 ml CSF
Sterile container without any preservative.
Submission and Collection Notes
Complete all fields of the Reference Bacteriology Requisition, including clinical information, relevant symptoms, and history of animal contact, bite or scratch wounds.
Storage and Transport
Label the specimen with the patient’s full name, date of collection and one other unique identifier such as the patient’s date of birth or Health Card Number. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection or testing delay.
Place specimen in biohazard bag and seal. Label the specimen with 2 identifiers prior to shipment.
Specimen should be transferred to the laboratory within 48 hours of collection.
Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)
Bartonella testing is performed daily, Monday to Friday.
Turnaround time for test results is up to 7 days from receipt by PHO laboratory.
Bartonella specimens are tested by PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction).
Samples are sent to the Public Health Agency of Canada in Winnipeg.
Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.
Results of the test should be interpreted with consideration of all laboratory results and clinical findings.
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