Chlamydophila psittaci – Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Specimen Collection and Handling

Specimen Requirements

Test Requested Required Requisition(s) Specimen Type Minimum Volume Collection Kit

Chlamydia / Chlamydophila psittaci

 

Chlamydia / Chlamydophila psittaci PCR

 

Psittacosis

Nasopharyngeal/ throat swab

Nasopharyngeal aspirate

 

1.0 mL of fluid

CHL(C) kit / Chlamydia trachomatis culture kit order # 390084 or a universal transport medium (UTM) for swabs

Chlamydia / Chlamydophila psittaci

 

Chlamydia / Chlamydophila psittaci PCR

 

Psittacosis

Bronchioalveolar lavage

1.0 mL of fluid

CHL(C) kit / Chlamydia trachomatis culture kit order # 390084 or a universal transport medium (UTM) for swabs or a sterile container for fluids.

Chlamydia / Chlamydophila psittaci

 

Chlamydia / Chlamydophila psittaci PCR

 

Psittacosis

Sputum and cerebrospinal fluid

1.0 mL of fluid

Sterile container

Submission and Collection Notes

1

Unsuitable specimens: dry swabs and bird droppings are not acceptable for testing.

2

Sputum and cerebrospinal fluid are accepted but not optimal specimens.

3

Patient clinical history must be indicated on the requisition for testing to be performed at the NML – i.e. patient must be symptomatic and have had contact with an infected or exotic bird.

Preparation Prior to Transport

Label the specimen container 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.

Special Instructions

Specimens for PCR can be stored at 2-8°C or frozen.

Requisitions and Kit Ordering

Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)

Specimens submitted for Chlamydophila psittaci PCR are shipped every Thursday to the NML for testing. 

Turnaround time is up to 28 days from receipt by PHO laboratory.

Reporting

Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.

Test Methods

Chlamydophila psittaci PCR is a referred out test.  Specimens will be shipped to the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg.

Refer to external resources – Chlamydophila psittaci Molecular detection by PCR.

Data and Analysis

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Updated 22 Oct 2019