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Bronchial Brushings

Alias: N/A

Discipline: Cytopathology

Test information: Samples are retrieved during a bronchoscopy procedure. A brush is used to brush areas of interest.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Bronchial brushing;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • PreservCyt vial;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • PreservCyt vial;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Brush samples are “mashed” into Preservcyt pot to remove cells and then the brush is disposed (Nurse training can be provided by cytology department).
No additional fluid should be placed into the container.
Do not leave the brush in the container.
vials are available from the cytology department on request.
The samples are hand delivered to cytology as these are required urgently for the MDT.
Samples must be placed into a clear sealed specimen bag prior to sending to the laboratory accompanied with a completed request form.
The sample must be transported to the department using the red designated Pathology transport boxes.
These boxes are used by NHS couriers and hospital Porters. They will contain any spillage, and ensure data on samples is kept confidential.
Specimens should never be placed in pockets, handbags etc.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Interpretative comment
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 03-05-2024