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Test Code HDL HDL CHOLESTEROL

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Performing Laboratory

Porter Hospital Laboratory

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Blood
Container/Tube: Tiger top, serum gel
Also Acceptable: Green top (Lithium Heparin)
Specimen Volume: Full tube, submit 0.4 mL serum
Specimen Minimum Volume: 0.35 mL
Collection Instructions:
1. Send specimen in original tube.
2. If there is a delay in transport of >1 hour, centrifuge tube.
3. Centrifuged samples are stable for:
• 7 days at 2 – 8ºC
• For longer storage, freeze at -20ºC

Specimen Transport Temperature

Refrigerated

Days Performed

Daily

Test Classification and CPT Coding

83718

Normal Reference Values

INTERPRETATION (NCEP GUIDELINES) 2-19 years old
Low: <35 mg/dL
Desirable: >35 mg/dL INTERPRETATION (NCEP GUIDELINES) >20 years old
Low: <40 mg/dL
Normal: 40-60 mg/dL
Desirable: =/>60 mg/dL

Critical Values

None