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Test Code QUABAL Quantitative cultures of Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid (BAL)


Standard Culture

Organism identification and susceptibility testing will be performed on pathogens as applicable. A colony count of organisms will be provided.

Performing Laboratory

Mary Washington Healthcare-Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine-Microbiology

Specimen Requirements

Specimen source is required on request form for processing.


Submit the following:

Bronchoalveolar Lavage

1. 10 mL (minimum volume:  1 mL) in a screw-capped, sterile container.

2. Label container with patient’s name (first and last), Social Security number or date of birth (inpatients:  medical record number), date and time of collection, collector’s initials, and type of specimen.

3. Maintain sterility and forward promptly at ambient temperature only. Do not refrigerate.


Reference Values

See report.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday