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Test Code ASPPCR BAL Aspergillus by PCR, BAL

Additional Codes

Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL) is the only acceptable specimen for this test. For fluid specimens other than BAL, see "Aspergillus by PCR, Tissue". For blood specimens see "Aspergillus by PCR, Blood".

Clinical System Name

Aspergillus by PCR, BAL


Aspergillus PCR, BAL

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Bronchoalveolar Lavage/Bronchial Aspirate

Container(s): Sterile Screw-Capped Container

Preferred Vol: 3.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 1.5 mL


Note: Transport to the Lab immediately.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to

Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: -20 C

Storage location: Affix large label to sterile screw top container and freeze specimen in the CPA freezer send-outs rack.


Off-site collection: If transport is delayed, freeze 3.0 mL BAL at -20 C.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp  



STAT Performed TAT
N Collected daily; set up at UW Micro Lab M - F before 07:00. 2 - 5 d


Performing Laboratory

University of Washington

Dept of Laboratory Medicine

Microbiology Molecular Diagnostics

1959 NE Pacific St, NW220

Seattle, WA 98195

Phone Number: (206) 520-4600


Department:  Send Outs


Phone Number: (206) 987-2563



Reference Range







Method: None Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Analytical Volume: 1.5 mL BAL


CPT Codes



Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: Aspergillus fumigatus by PCR, BAL
Reference Test Number: ASPPCR
Instructions: Send out M - Fwith the UW courier.