Jun 28, 2017




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Culture, BAL, Quantitative

Culture, BAL, Quantitative (HCBALC) Microbiology Lab Test

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.

Test Component:

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

Stability Ambient:

2 hours

Stability Refridgerated:

2 hours

Stability Frozen:

Not acceptable

Sample Analyzed: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid

Specimen Transport:

Transport specimen to the laboratory within 2 hours of collection.


No growth at 10³ CFU/mL

Interpretation Type: Expected Results

Test Limitations:

Quantitative cultures cannot be accurately performed on viscous/mucoid BAL. These will be processed as sputum specimens.