Apr 2, 2015




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Cell Count, BAL

Cell Count, BAL (HCBALCC) Hematology Lab Test

Name: Cell Count, BAL

Test Name: Cell Count, BAL

Health Link Test Code: HCBALCC

LIS Test Code: BALCC

CPT Code(s): 89051

Test Component:

Nucleated cell count and differential performed from a Wright's stained cytospin.

Methodology: Manual or Impedance Count

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

In-Lab Turnaround Time: Differential- 1 day. May be delayed if review by a pathologist is necessary.

Specimen: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)

Collection Container: Sterile screw cap container

Collection Volume: 9 mL

Pediatric Collection Volume: 5 mL

Stability Ambient:

2 hours

Stability Refridgerated:

2 hours

Stability Frozen:

Not acceptable

Sample Analyzed: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid

Testing Volume: 2 mL

Pediatric Testing Volume: 1 mL

Specimen Transport:

Transport specimen to hospital laboratory immediately.


On samples with abnormal cells, a hematopathologist's written interpretive report is issued as a separate report.

Test Limitations:

Very small sample sizes may fail to demonstrate abnormal cells.

Critical Calls: yes

Additional Information:

Differential results may not be available until after pathology review. A professional fee may be associated with this test.