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Test Code FCHOL Cholesterol, Body Fluid, LAB376

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

Container/Tube:

Preferred: Pleural, peritoneal (ascites, pancreatic), and pericardial fluid

Acceptable: Other body fluids must have Pathology approval before being reported.

Specimen Volume: 0.1 mL of body fluid.

Stability: Specimens should be analyzed immediately or kept at 2 – 8°C and analyzed

               within 7 days. For longer storage, samples may be frozen at -20°C for up to

               3 months.  Avoid repeated freezing and thawing.

Note: Indicate specimen source on specimen container and in computer.

Reference Values

No established reference values

Useful For

Cholesterol assays are used for screening for atherosclerotic risk and in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders involving elevated cholesterol levels as well as lipid and lipoprotein metabolic disorders.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Methodology

Enzymatic

Test Classification and CPT Coding

84311