Bartonella – PCR – Lymph Node Tissue CSF

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Specimen Collection and Handling

Specimen Requirements

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

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.

Special Instructions

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.

Requisitions and Kit Ordering

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.

Test Methods

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.


LAB-SD-125, Reference Bacteriology and Antimicrobial Susceptibility: New Requisition and Testing Algorithm for Improved Test Utilization

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Updated 25 Sep 2019