Laboratory: Clinical Microbiology
Test Name:
BRONCHIAL ALVEOLAR LAVAGE
Test Code: BALQ
Clinical Information:
1.  40-80 mL is required for quantitative analysis.
2.  If AFB &/or Fungi suspected, these tests must also be requested.
3.  Indicate diagnosis on requisition.  When infection with systemic fungi (Blastomyces dermatitidis, Coccidioides immitis, Histoplasma capsulatum, Penicillium marneffei, Paracoccidioides brasiliensis) is suspected, notify laboratory in advance.
4.  Indicate current antimicrobic therapy on requesting requisition.
 
Collection Devices:
Specimen Required: Bronchial Alveolar Lavage
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Referral:
Requisition:
Reference Values:
A descriptive report will be sent.
Availability:
Daily
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