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Published on January 24, 2018
Diff BF Body Fluid Differential Differential Body Fluid w/o Cell Count
Bronchial Lavage (BAL) differential or Bronchial Lavage Eosinophil counts• Only a differential on a Joint Fluid, Pericardial Fluid, Pleural fluid, Paracentesis fluid, Thorocentesis Fluid, Amniotic fluid, etc.
Sterile container or if prone to clot such as knee fluid, fluid may be placed in a lavender EDTA tube.
Collected by the physician.
3 ml preferred and minimum 1ml
Specimen Processing Instructions
Transport within 1 hour of collection
Refrigerated 2 hours
• Clotted fluid • Mucoid fluid
No WBC’s seen.
Differential performed on a Cytospin smear
Stained Cytospin smear
Daily, Monday - Sunday
Reviewed by Sandy Hammett on January 24, 2018
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