Ordering Recommendation

Use to assess cardiovascular disease risk and guide therapy.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Fasting specimen is preferred.


Plasma separator tube or serum separator tube.

Specimen Preparation

Allow specimen to clot completely at room temperature. Separate serum or plasma from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.2 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Body Fluid (refer to Triglycerides, Fluid, ARUP test code 0020713).Collection tubes with glycerol-lubricated stoppers.


After separation from cells: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 3 months


Quantitative Enzymatic Assay




Within 24 hours

Reference Interval

Effective February 22, 2022
By report

Interpretive Data

A normal fasting serum triglycerides concentration in adults is 149 mg/dL or less. A borderline-high fasting serum triglycerides concentration in adults is 150 to 199 mg/dL. A high fasting serum triglycerides concentration in adults is 200 to 499 mg/dL. A very high fasting serum triglycerides concentration in adults is 500 mg/dL or greater.

Compliance Category



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 with concentrations at or above those expected during acetaminophen overdose.

Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0020040 Triglycerides, Serum or Plasma 2571-8
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  • Serum triglycerides
  • TG blood
  • Trig
Triglycerides, Serum or Plasma