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Test Name: Cholesterol

Test Code(s): CHOL

CPT Code(s): 82465

Test Description: Included In: Lipid Panel

Methodology: Enzymatic

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

Turnaround Time: Stat: 1 hour.
Routine: 4 hours.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Blood

Patient Preparation: Patient must be heparin free for 48 hours.

Collection Container: Preferred: Green cap with yellow ring (PST)
Also Acceptable: Green top, Red cap with yellow ring (SST), Red top

Collection Volume: Preferred: 1 mL
Pediatrics: 0.4 mL

Sample Analyzed: Plasma or serum

Volume Required: Preferred: 0.5 mL
Pediatrics: 0.2 mL

Specimen Processing: Centrifuge.  If a complete barrier has not formed, transfer cell-free plasma/serum to plastic vial.  Refrigerate.

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to UWHC Core Laboratory (B4/220). Transport with coolant pack if coming from outreach location.

Stability: Ambient: 24 hours
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: 3 months


Interpretive Guidelines:


Age 0 days - 19 years:

Based on NHLBI Guidelines

 <170 mg/dL Acceptable
   170 - 199 mg/dL Borderline
 >199 mg/dL High

Age 20 years and up:

NCEP ATP - III Guidelines

 <200 mg/dL Desirable
    200-239 mg/dL Borderline High
 >239 mg/dL High

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