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A BAL is performed for many different reasons including pneumonia/diffuse infiltrates in the lung, cultures, alveolar hemorrhage, infections, malignancy, and research. This procedure is performed using the bronchoscope. In ICD-10-PCS coding, if multiple tubular body parts are inspected, the most distal body part is coded. In the case of a BAL, the furthest body part is the lung since the alveoli are small sacs within the lungs.

A BAL is performed for many different reasons including pneumonia/diffuse infiltrates in the lung, cultures, alveolar hemorrhage, infections, malignancy, and research. This procedure is performed using the bronchoscope. In ICD-10-PCS coding, if multiple tubular body parts are inspected, the most distal body part is coded. In the case of a BAL, the furthest body part is the lung since the alveoli are small sacs within the lungs.

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