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Test Name: Lipid Panel

Test Code(s): ELDL / LIPID

CPT Code(s): 80061

Test Description: Test Component:

Total cholesterol, HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol, triglycerides, calculated LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol, and non-HDL cholesterol.


Methodology: See individual tests.

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

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


Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Blood

Patient Preparation: Patient must fast for 10-14 hours and be heparin free for 48 hours prior to specimen collection.  The patient can only have water, black coffee or calorie free drinks during the fasting period.

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 laboratory. Transport with coolant pack if coming from outreach location.

Stability: Ambient: 8 hours
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: 3 months


Interpretation

Interpretive Guidelines:

LDL Cholesterol

  

0 days - 19 years:

Based on NHLBI Guidelines

 
 <110 mg/dL Acceptable
 110 - 129 mg/dL Borderline
 >129 mg/dL High
   

20 years and up:

Based on NCEP ATP - III Guidelines

 
 <100 mg/dL Optimal
 100 - 129 mg/dL Near Optimal
 130 - 159 mg/dL Borderline High
 160 - 189 mg/dL High
 >189 mg/dL Very High
   

 

Non-HDL Cholesterol:

 

Age 0 days - 19 years:

Based on NHLBI Guidelines

 
 <120 mg/dL Acceptable
 120 - 144 mg/dL Borderline
 >144 mg/dL High
   

Age 20 years and up:

Based on NCEP ATP - III Guidelines

 

 <130 mg/dL

Desireable

 130-159 mg/dL

Borderline High

 160-189 mg/dL

High

 >189 mg/dL

Very High

 

 

See individual test(s) for reference intervals for Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides.

LDL Cholesterol, Estimated Panel

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