Pathology Handbook

Lipids

Clinical Indications

Assessment of coronary heart disease risk and monitoring of treatment for hyperlipidaemia.

Test Includes

Total Cholesterol
HDL Cholesterol
Total:HDL Cholesterol Ratio
Triglycerides
LDL Cholesterol

Request Form

Request on ICE

Availability

On request

Patient Preparation

Patients must fast for 10 hours prior to blood collection (for follow up tests diabetic patients may not need to fast, but triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels may be affected as a result of recent food intake).

Turnaround Time

Same day

Specimen

Serum

Volume

2 ml

Container

Vacutainer gold top

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled or incorrectly labelled sample