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Test Code SCBRNQ Bronchial Culture, LAB267

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

1. Submit 2 mL to 3 mL of bronchoalveolar lavage or protected specimen brushing collected with a bronchoscope, in a screw-capped, sterile container.

2. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.
Note: Indicate specimen source on specimen container and in computer.

Reference Values

<1,000 cfu/ml in Protected Specimen Brushings

<10,000 cfu/ml in Bronchial Lavage Specimens

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday


Quantitative Aerobic Culture by Conventional Method performed on bronchial lavage and protected specimen brushing.


Test Classification and CPT Coding

87205-Gram stain