Cholesterol, Serum or Plasma
Use to evaluate cardiovascular risk.
Quantitative Enzymatic Assay
Within 24 hours
New York DOH Approval Status
Plasma separator tube or serum separator tube.
Allow serum tube to clot completely at room temperature. Separate serum or plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.2 mL)
Body Fluid (refer to Cholesterol, Fluid, ARUP test code 0020714).
After separation from cells: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 3 months
By report (reports may vary based on instrumentation)
A desirable serum cholesterol concentration in adults is less than 200 mg/dL and less than 170 mg/dL in children. A borderline-high serum cholesterol concentration in adults is 200-239 mg/dL and 170-199 mg/dL in children. A high serum cholesterol concentration in adults is greater than 239 mg/dL and greater than 199 mg/dL in children.
Assay interference (negative) may be observed when high concentrations of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) are present. Negative interference has also been reported with NAPQI (an acetaminophen metabolite), but only when concentrations are at or above those expected during acetaminophen overdose.
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|0020031||Cholesterol, Serum or Plasma||2093-3|
- Cholesterol, Total, Serum
- Lipid Screen (Cholesterol, Trig, Chol HDL, Calculated LDL)