Feb 5, 2018




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HDL Cholesterol

HDL Cholesterol (HDL) Chemistry Lab Test

Name: HDL Cholesterol

Test Name: HDL Cholesterol

Health Link Test Code: HDL

LIS Test Code: HDL

CPT Code(s): 83718

Included In: Lipid Panel

Methodology: Accelerator Selective Detergent

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

In-Lab Turnaround Time: 4 hours.

Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: 1 hour.

Patient Preparation:

Patient must be fasting for a minimum of 10 hours and be heparin free for 48 hours if ordered as part of a lipid panel. The patient can only have water during the fasting period.

If the HDL cholesterol is ordered alone, fasting is not required.

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:

2 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

 < 40 mg/dL Low (increased cardiovascular risk)
 40 - 45 mg/dL Borderline
 > 45 mg/dL Acceptable

Age 20 years and up:

Based on NCEP ATP - III Guidelines

 < 40 mg/dL Low (increased cardiovascular risk)
 > 60 mg/dL High (decreased cardiovascular risk)


Interpretation Type: Interpretive Guidelines