Bronchial Brushings


Cytology, Bronchial Brushings

EPIC Order Number

LAB13 (Cytology Request)


  • Label 2 charged (+) slides with patient name, date of birth, and specimen site/source in pencil. Roll brush over slides (do not rub aggressively). Fix immediately with cytology spray fixative.
  • When slides are complete, cut the brush tip and place in a sterile container with 50% ethyl alcohol.
  • Label specimen container with two patient identifiers (patient name, DOB, and/or MRN), collection date/time, and specimen site/source.
  • Specimen must be accompanied by a printed EPIC Order (or completed Cytology Request for non-EPIC clinics) including two patient identifiers (patient name, DOB, and/or MRN), collection date/time, pertinent patient history, performing physician, and specimen site/source.

NOTE: If fungus is suspected, indicate request for PAS/GMS stain on the Cytology Request.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature after slide is sprayed and brush is in 50% ethyl alcohol.


Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Reported/Turnaround Time

Results are sent within 2 working days after specimen is received.

NOTE: Results may be delayed or the sample rejected if pertinent and/or required information is conflicting or missing.

See Non-Gynecologic Cytology Report

88104 - Smears

88305 - Cell Block

88112 - ThinPrep Slide