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Bartonella, Molecular Detection, PCR, Blood

Additional Codes

Order in eDH using Miscellaneous Lab Request (LAB3715). This test can only be ordered in Cerner Millennium by Mailouts Dept (Barton PCR-Mayo) .

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type

Whole Blood EDTA

Advisory Information

BART / Bartonella Antibody Panel, IgG and IgM, Serum and/or Warthin-Starry tissue stain (PATHC / Pathology Consultation) should be considered if PCR is negative and there remains a strong suspicion of disease caused by these organisms.

Specimen Required

The high sensitivity of amplification by PCR requires the specimen to be processed in an environment in which contamination of the specimen by Bartonella species DNA is unlikely.



Preferred: Lavender top (EDTA)

Acceptable: Royal blue top (EDTA), pink top (EDTA), or sterile vial containing EDTA-derived aliquot

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions: Send specimen in original tube (preferred).

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Whole Blood EDTA Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days
  Ambient  7 days
  Frozen  7 days

Reference Values

Not applicable

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
BARTB Bartonella PCR, B 16275-0


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
SRC98 Specimen Source 31208-2
56056 Bartonella PCR 16275-0

Analytic Time

2 days

Specimen Retention Time

1 week


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.