Bronchial Brushing


Bronchus Brushing

  • Tech Only CPT 88112, 88305
  • Tech Pro CPT 88112 (2), 88305 (2)
  • PowerPath Code NGBR
  • Schedule Monday - Friday
  • Turn Around Time Within 2 business days of receipt
  • Disease State Benign Conditions, GI Tract Cancer, Lung Cancer
  • Methodology Cell Block Cytology, Liquid-Based Cell Enhanced Concentrated Cytology


Lung, Bronchus, Trachea, Esophagus

Specimen Requirements

Formalin or CytoLyt fixed fluid with collection device in sterile container collected during bronchoscopy. No minimum/maximum volume requirements. Small volume may limit interpretation.


Direct smear of lung brushing, alcohol fixed at collection. Brush may be submitted alongside prepared slides in separate CytoLyt or Formalin container.

Collection instructions:
1. Have ready: labeled slides, fixative bottle(s) open and close by, and applicator sticks.
2. When brush is removed from the scope, a judgment must be made as to the amount and consistency of specimen.
3. If specimen is adequate and mucoid, direct smears may be made byrolling the brush quickly, down the center of the slide. With the last stroke, quckly place slidedirectly into the fixative.
4. The brush may be submitted in CytoLyt™. Do not put the brush in the alcohol with the slides.

Clinical Significance

Cellular morphology of cytologic specimens is interpreted to diagnose inflammatory, neoplastic and non-neoplastic conditions. In addition, cytologic diagnoses is used to monitor recurrent and metastatic malignant conditions.

Required Patient Info

2 patient identifiers

Storage and Transportation

When possible, store specimen at 2°C - 8°C, particularly for unfixed specimens. Specimen may be transported at 15°C - 30°C. Do not freeze.

Cause for Rejection

Improper or inadequate patient identification, frozen specimens


Primary specimen container: 7 days from processing
Secondary ThinPrep Vial: 14 days from processing
Slide: 10 years