Bronchial Washings


  • BAL
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage
  • Bronchial Lavage
  • Cytology, Bronchial Washings

EPIC Order Number

LAB13 (Cytology Request)


  • Pour specimen into a sterile container and add an equal volume of 50% ethyl alcohol. Indicate that alcohol was added.
  • 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 collection date/time, pertinent patient history, performing physician, and specimen site/source.

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

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature after adding 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

88112 ThinPrep Slide

88305 Cell Block