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Bronchoalveolar Lavage, Histo/Path

Clinical System Name

Cytology Final Report

Synonyms

BAL
Bronchial washing

Sample Requirements

Specimen: See note

Container(s): Sterile Screw-Capped Tube or Syringe

Preferred Vol: several mLs divided into separate aliquots is optimal

Minimum Vol: see BAL requisition

 

Note:  Acceptable specimens: Bronchoalveolar lavage or Bronchial washing. Samples from different sites will be pooled for all tests unless otherwise specified. Send fluid with BAL requisition to Laboratory immediately, no fixative.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: NA

Storage location: Refer to BAL requisition for instructions. BAL specimens are often split between departments; ensure shared specimens remain sterile. Cytocentrifuge preparations for pathology are made in Microbiology.

 

Off-site collection: Send fluid with BAL requisition to Laboratory immediately, no fixative.

Stability

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Body fluid Room temp

1Hr

  Refrigerated

1Hr

  Frozen

N/A

 

Availability

STAT Performed TAT
N Daily None specified

 

Performing Laboratory

Seattle Childrens Laboratory

Department

Department:  Varies

Phone Number: 987-2102

Methodology

Method: Varies

Analytical Volume: None specified

CPT Codes

CPT codes will vary depending on tests performed.  Call Client Services for more information (206) 987-2617.