Test Code

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
1 mL serum

Patient Preparation
Triglyceride test only: Patient should fast 9-12 hours prior to collection.
As part of lipid panel testing: A fasting sample is not required.

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL

Other Acceptable Specimens

1 mL plasma collected in: sodium or lithium heparin (green-top) tube

Transport Container
Serum Separator Tube (SST®)

Transport Temperature
Room temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 5 days
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: 28 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Anticoagulants other than heparin

Spectrophotometry (SP)

Setup Schedule
Set up: Daily; Report available: Next day

Reference Range
≤9 Years   <75 mg/dL    
10-19 Years <90 mg/dL   
≥20 Years <150 mg/dL    

Clinical Significance
Serum triglyceride analysis has proven useful in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with diabetes mellitus, nephrosis, liver obstruction, other diseases involving lipid metabolism, and various endocrine disorders. In conjunction with high density lipoprotein and total serum cholesterol, a triglyceride determination provides valuable information for the assessment of coronary heart disease risk.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

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.