Jan 30, 2018




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Cholesterol (CHOL) Chemistry Lab Test

Name: Cholesterol

Test Name: Cholesterol

Health Link Test Code: CHOL

LIS Test Code: CHOL

CPT Code(s): 82465

Included In: Lipid Panel

Methodology: Enzymatic

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

In-Lab Turnaround Time: 4 hours.

Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: 1 hour.

Patient Preparation:

Patient must be heparin free for 48 hours.

Specimen: Blood

Collection Container: Green cap with yellow ring (PST)

Also Acceptable: Green top, Red cap with yellow ring (SST), Red top

Collection Volume: 1 mL

Pediatric Collection Volume: 0.4 mL

Stability Ambient:

7 days

Stability Refridgerated:

7 days

Stability Frozen:

3 months

Sample Analyzed: Plasma or serum

Testing Volume: 0.5 mL

Pediatric Testing Volume: 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 the laboratory. Transport with coolant pack if coming from clinic location.



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

Interpretation Type: Interpretive Guidelines