Cytopathology: Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)

CPT Code(s):

  • 88108
  • 88112
  • 88106

Additional CPT codes may apply if special studies are required.

Methodology:

Cytopathology

Performed:

Monday - Friday

Reported:

1 - 2 days

Use:

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

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)

Collection Procedure:

-

Reference Values:

-

Interpretation Data:

-

Notes:

UFHPL Test #: 91035

Reported Notes:

-

Result:

Interpretive report