Name: Cell Count, BAL
Test Name: Cell Count, BAL
Health Link Test Code: HCBALCC
LIS Test Code: BALCC
CPT Code(s): 89051
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
Sample Analyzed: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid
Testing Volume: 2 mL
Pediatric Testing Volume: 1 mL
Transport specimen to hospital laboratory immediately.
On samples with abnormal cells, a hematopathologist's written interpretive report is issued as a separate report.
Very small sample sizes may fail to demonstrate abnormal cells.
Critical Calls: yes
Differential results may not be available until after pathology review. A professional fee may be associated with this test.