Lipid Panel

For Specimen Integrity during Extreme Weather see the “Lockbox Usage in Extreme Weather” document at the top of this page.

Non-fasting samples are acceptable for lipid testing.
Elevated triglycerides in non-fasting specimens may affect the calculated values of VLDL-cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol.
Data has come out that while non-fasting specimens can affect the calculated results of those 2 analytes, in the majority of patients the differences are not clinically significant.

Test Code

Alias/See Also
Fasting Lipid Panel;
Fasting Lipid Profile;
Lipid Profile;

CPT Codes

Includes: Cholesterol Total (70123), Triglycerides (70143), HDL (76024), LDL-Cholesterol, VLDL-Cholesterol

Preferred Specimen

Minimum Volume
1 mL

Barrier tubes (serum separator tubes or plasma separator tubes) are preferred. If non-barrier tubes are utilized, the serum/plasma must be removed immediately after centrifuging and placed in a screw-cap transfer tube.

Collection notes: Avoid hemolysis. Invert tubes at least 8 times. Allow to clot in an upright position for 30 minutes. Within 2 hours, centrifuge tubes 10 minutes. Keep tightly stoppered.

Do NOT re-centrifuge tubes. Do NOT freeze the primary collection tube.

Transport Container
Original tube preferred, may be sent in a screw-top transfer tube.

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature or Refrigerated

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Hemolysis, Lipemia, incorrect specimen type, insufficient sample volume, improper storage conditions, contaminated sample.

see individual components

Setup Schedule

Report Available

Clinical Significance
See Individual Components

Performing Laboratory
CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, LLC
2308 Sandridge Drive
Moraine, OH 45439

Last Updated: November 22, 2021

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.