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Bronchial/Gastric Washings


CLS Non-Gynecological Cytopathology Requisition (REQ9041CY-NON)

Specimen Handling and Transport

Auger Suction (endobronchial traps)

Submit a fresh specimen to the laboratory in a sterile laboratory specimen container. Label the containers according to CLS requirements. Containers must be securely tightened to eliminate any leakage. 

Immediately transport all BALs (and any other simultaneously collected respiratory specimens for cytology) to CLS DSC Microbiology, regardless of testing ordered. If a delay is anticipated, the specimen should be refrigerated. If Microbiology testing is not requested, Cytolyt may be added to specimens obtained outside regular operation hours (Monday to Friday, 07:00 to 17:00 hours). If Microbiology testing is also required, do not add Cytolyt. The specimen must be sent to Microbiology first with a completed Microbiology requisition.

Transport Gastric Washings to the Cytopathology laboratory immediately.

Effective January 1st, 2017, BAL Cell Counts are discontinued on the Non-Gyn Cytopathology Report. Refer to Interstitial Lung Disease Differential (ILD DIFF) for differential requests on BAL samples.