BRONCHIAL WASHING FLUID - CYTOLOGY
Synonyms: Bronchial Alveolar Lavage (BAL) Fluid
Applies To: Detection of abnormal cells, malignant cells, and infectious agents
Lab: Cytopathology Laboratory
Request Form: Cytopathology Requisition Form
Collection: See Storage and Special Instructions
Storage Instructions: Preferred: fresh specimens sent to the laboratory immediately; Acceptable: specimens refrigerated 1-2 days. Call the laboratory if more than 2 days old.
Causes for Rejection: Delayed delivery of fresh specimens, incomplete and/or improper labeling, insufficient pertinent clinical history. See the Cytopathology specimens acceptance and rejection policy.
Availability: Specimens are accepted Monday-Friday from 8 AM-5 PM (except holidays) at Room 9.300 John Sealy Annex.
Turnaround Time: Same day if specimens are submitted before 4 PM.
Special Instructions: Pertinent clinical information must be included on request form.
Specimen: Bronchial washing fluid or bronchial alveolar lavage fluid
Volume: 2-50 mL
Minimum Volume: 2 mL
Container: Well-constructed container with secure lid and sealed plastic bag
Reviewed 6/15/12 by Robert Stewart