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Test Code C Bronch Bronchial Culture

Biohazard Infectious

Clinical System Name

Bronchial Culture


Bronchoalveolar Lavage Culture

Bronchial Alveolar Lavage


Bronchial Wash Culture

Telescoping Bronchial Brush Culture


Includes Bacterial Culture and Gram Stain. Specimen cultured for Aerobic bacteria. Bronchial Alveolar Lavage (BAL) and Bronchial Washes are cultured Qualitatively. Telescoping Bronchial Brushes are cultured Semi-Quantitatively. 

Sample Requirements

Specimen: BAL, Bronchial Wash or Telescoping Bronchial Brush. Samples from different sites will be pooled for all tests unless otherwise specified.

Container: Sterile Container

Preferred Vol: N/A

Minimum Vol: N/A



Processing Instructions


CPA: Send to Microbiology for processing.  If sample is shared and only one tube, syringe or other container is received, affix shared sample label and send entire sample plus requisition to Microbiology. Smears for Cytology stains are prepared in Microbiology and forwarded to Histology.


Off-site collection: Off-site Children's Lab locations should send sample to SCH Main Campus for set up and gram stain. Refrigerate until and during courier transport. 


Other off-site locations, refrigerate sample during storage and transport to SCH Microbiology. Sample must be received into the microbiology laboratory within 24 hours of collection. 


Temp Time
Room temp 1 hour
Refrigerated 24 hours
Frozen N



Procedure Performed Turn Around Time (TAT)
Gram Stain 24/7

1 hour

Culture 24/7 48-72 hours



Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory



Microbiology Laboratory

CPT Codes



This test is not limited to the CPT codes listed.  Others may be added as more testing is necessary and depending on the pathogens isolated (example: MIC's and ID codes)

Notifiable Result

See Link below for Notifiable Conditions for WA state labs:


See Link below for PDF of phone numbers for Local Health jurisdictions (by County) in WA State:

Reporting Information

Preliminary Report:  24 hours

Final Report: 48 - 72 hours


Colony counts >1000 colony forming units (cfu) per mL are considered significant.