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Cholesterol, Total, Plasma or Serum

Test Code

CPT Codes

Note: This test is included in LIPIDP-Lipid Panel.

Preferred Specimen
In-patient: 1 mL plasma from Green top (Lithium Heparin)
Out-patient: 1 mL serum from SST

Patient Preparation
Fasting-overnight (12-14 hour) preferred. Patient must not consume any alcohol for 24 hours before specimen is drawn.

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL
Note: For neonate requirements see Neonate Minimum Blood Volumes

Other Acceptable Specimens
1 mL serum from SST or Red Top

Specimen Stability
    NCMC BFCMC, McKee & SV
Specimen Type Temperature Time Time
Plasma Li Hep Refrigerate 7 days 2 days
Serum SST Refrigerate 7 days 2 days
Red Top – Separated* Refrigerate 7 days 2 days
*Centrifuge and aliquot into a plastic vial.

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Gross hemolysis

Cholesterol Oxidase/Esterase Polychromatic Endpoint

Setup Schedule
Monday through Sunday; Continuously

Report Available
Same day

Reference Range
Summit View
            <200 mg/dL
            Desirable: <200 mg/dL
            Borderline: 200-240 mg/dL
            Higher Risk: >240 mg/dL
            0-18 years: <170 mg/dL
            18-150 years: <200 mg/dL
Males Chol/HDL Ratio: <5.0
Females Chol/HDL Ratio: <4.5

Performing Laboratory
Banner Fort Collins Medical Center Laboratory
Mckee Medical Center Laboratory
North Colorado Medical Center Laboratory
Summit View Laboratory
Sterling Regional Medical Center
East Morgan County Hospital

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.