Cytopathology: Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)
Additional CPT codes may apply if special studies are required.
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.
- Sterile Container: 2 hours
- ThinPrep®: 3 weeks
- SurePath®: 4 weeks
- Refrigerated: Add 3 units of heparin (48 hours)
This test is used to diagnose pulmonary disease, including infections and cancer.
1 - 2 days
Monday - Friday