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Bronchoalveolar Lavage Culture

Alternative Names:BAL culture
Bronchial washings
Laboratory:Microbiology
Test Code:RSC
Medicare rebatable:Yes
Registration Instructions:

Cultures for Burkholderia cepacia or Nocardia spp must be specifically requested as specific cultures are set up with extended incubation times. CSP Note: These are ordered as separate procedures.

Culture for TB / AFB must be specifically requested.

Specimen Types:Bronchoalveolar Lavage
Container Types:
Plain 70mL potPlain 70mL pot
Collection & Request Instructions:

Mycobacterium and Legionella investigations are not included in general Bronchoalveolar Lavage culture; they must be specifically requested.

Cultures for Burkholderia cepacia or Nocardia spp must be specifically requested as specific cultures are set up with extended incubation times. CSP Note: These are ordered as separate procedures.

 

Transport Instructions:Room Temperature
Assay Frequency:Daily