Cytopathology: Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)

Monday - Friday
1 - 2 days

This test is used to diagnose pulmonary disease, including infections and cancer.

Interpretive report
Specimen Requirements: 

Collection: BAL

We recommend for specimens to be transported to the lab immediately. If immediate transportation is unavailable, place 30 mL of effusions/washings into ThinPrep   ® or SurePath® medium. If CytoLyt is unavailable, place the specimen into a sterile container with 3 units of heparin and refrigerate it.

Storage/Transport Temperature: Submit specimens according to Biological Substance, Category B, shipping guidelines.

Unacceptable Conditions: Frozen, sterile container > 2 hours old without heparin.

Stability (collection to initiation of testing):
  • Ambient:
    • Sterile Container: 2 hours
    • ThinPrep®: 3 weeks
    • SurePath®: 4 weeks

  • Refrigerated: Add 3 units of heparin (48 hours)
CPT Code (s): 
  • 88108
  • 88112
  • 88106

Additional CPT codes may apply if special studies are required.


UFHPL Test #: 91035

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