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Test Code FCHOL Cholesterol, Body Fluid, LAB376



Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements


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

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.