Lab Test

Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL), Saccomanno Fixed - Royal Oak and Farmington Hills

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


The Cytology Laboratory can provide RPMI mediumfor specimen collection:

  • Farmington Hills: 947-521-8249

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL) specimen in a mucus trap according to established endoscopic procedure. (Min: 10 mL)

  • Add an equal amount of RPMI medium to the specimen or send the specimen fresh.
  • Make sure the specimen trap is tightly sealed using the regular cap supplied with the trap.
  • Label the specimen container with the patient's full name, date of birth, 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

The specimen should be refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F) prior to transport.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: BAL specimen in sealed mucus trap, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F) / in cooler for transport.

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, 8:00 am–4:30 pm
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 pm on Friday will be processed the following Monday and resulted on Tuesday.

Test Methodology

Smear or Cytospin preparation.

CPT Code

CPT:  88104, 88108, 88312
LOINC:  33716–2 

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