Lab Test

Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL) - Grosse Pointe & Troy

Bronchial lavage, Cytology, Non-Gyn Respiratory Specimen, CYTOLOGY, MEDICAL (NON-GYN/FNA) , EPIC: LAB6797, SOFT: CYT


For questions regarding specimen collection and transport, please contact the Cytology Laboratory.

  • Grosse Pointe: 313-473-1850 or extension 1850.
  • Troy: 248-964-9050 or extension 49050.
  • Outreach: 800-551-0488.

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL) specimen in a sterile collection container under established endoscopic procedure. Tightly seal the specimen container. (Min: 2.0 mL)

  • Wash specimens should be immediately delivered to the Cytology Laboratory or refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F) to slow deterioration of cell morphology.
  • Label the specimen container with the patient name, hospital number, source of specimen, and date of test.
  • In house cytology specimens should be ordered in EPIC order entry. In the “additional orders” field input “CYTOLOGY, MEDICAL (NON-GYN/FNA)” and fill in all appropriate fields. IMPORTANT: ORDER AND SIGN EACH CYTOLOGY TEST INDIVIDUALLY. THE LABORATORY INFORMATION SYSTEM CANNOT FILE MULTIPLE TESTS ORDERED IN THE SAME SESSION AND SOME ORDERS MAY BE LOST. Label specimen container and requisition with SOFT ID labels.
  • All Cytology specimens must be accompanied by a requisition and must include the patient name, hospital and visit number, date of birth, date of specimen collection, pertinent patient history, physician name and source of specimen. 

Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation

Arrange for transportation to the Laboratory prior to specimen collection. Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F) the specimen prior to transport.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: BAL specimen in a sealed, sterile container, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F).

Rejection Criteria

  • Improper labeling of specimen container or requisition.
  • Specimen not accompanied by requisition.
  • Requisitions not accompanied by a specimen.
  • Improper collection of specimen (such as improper fixation).
  • Specimens that leak outside of specimen container into transport bags.
  • Any specimen received without all of the required information will result in a delay of processing until all information can be verified.


Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Results available within 24-36 hours of receipt in the Cytology Laboratory, if received Monday - Friday. The Cytology Laboratory is closed on weekends and holidays. Specimens received after 3:00 p.m. on Friday will be processed the following Monday and resulted on Tuesday.

Test Methodology

ThinPrep® Monolayer Preparation, Smear Preparation, and Cell Block Preparation, if possible.

CPT Code

CPT: 88112, 88104, 88305.
LOINC: 33716-2. 

Test Codes


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This directory currently reflects information only for specimens collected and/or processed at the
Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, and Troy campuses.