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Test Code LIPID Lipid Panel, LAB18

Important Note

Patients will be drawn regardless of fasting status unless noted by the ordering provider.  Outpatient orders will have a comment attached to the lipid panel stating "fasting" or "nonfasting".  A patient will be considered "fasting" if they have abstained from eating for a period of at least 8 hours. 


Profile Information:
Calculated Cholesterol/High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Ratio Cholesterol
Calculated Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) Cholesterol
Calculated Very Low-Density Lipoprotein (VLDL) Triglycerides 

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: 0.2 mL of plasma or serum

Stability: Samples should be separated immediately or within 2 hours.  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.


Reference Values

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Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding