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Test Code CHOL Cholesterol, Total, LAB60



Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements


Preferred: Green-top (lithium heparin) tube

Acceptable: Gold-top serum gel tube or plain red-top tube

Specimen Volume: 0.1 mL of plasma or serum

Stability: Separated 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.

Reference Values

120-200 mg/dL

The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) has set the following guidelines (reference values) for cholesterol:

Desirable: <200 mg/dL

Borderline: 200-239 mg/dL

High: ≥240 mg/dL

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding


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.