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CULTURE BRONCHIAL BACTERIAL (BRB)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): BRB, BAL culture
CPT Codes: 87070: aerobic culture 87205: gram stain
Methodology: Culture and gram stain
Reference Range: No growth
Tube Type: Sterile container
Specimen: Bronchial lavage, brush, wash
Volume: > 10 mL
Minimum Volume: 10 mL
Temperature: Room temperature
Stability: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection: Non sterile or leaking container. Excessive delay in transport.
Days Performed: Daily
TAT: Gram stain: 3 hours after arrival in Microbiology Lab Culture: 2-5 days
Special Instructions: Specify source. Gram stain included with culture and has a separate charge. There will be separate charges for organism identification and susceptibility testing when appropriate. If Neisseria gonorrheae is suspected ask for GC culture to be included. If quantitative culture is needed, note on requisition; there will be an extra charge for quantitative culture.

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