Name: Culture, BAL, Quantitative
Test Name: Culture, BAL, Quantitative
Health Link Test Code: HCBALC
LIS Test Code: BALC
CPT Code(s): 87071, 87205; Additional CPT codes may be added for processing, identification, and susceptibility testing.
Quantitative culture and Gram stain.
Methodology: Culture, Microscopy
Days Performed: Daily.
In-Lab Turnaround Time: Preliminary report: 1 day. Final report: 2 days minimum.
Specimen: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)
Collection Container: Sterile screw cap container
Sample Analyzed: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid
Transport specimen to the laboratory within 2 hours of collection.
No growth at 10³ CFU/mL
Interpretation Type: Expected Results
Quantitative cultures cannot be accurately performed on viscous/mucoid BAL. These will be processed as sputum specimens.