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Cholesterol, Total

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code CHOL
Test group Cholesterol
Performed by Parnassus & Mt. Zion Chemistry
In House Availability Test available 24 hours per day 7 days per week
Method Spectrophotometric (cholesterol esterase & cholesterol oxidase)
Container type Gold top or Light Green top
Amount to Collect 1 mL blood Click here for Microdetermination info
Sample type Serum or plasma
Preferred volume 0.5 mL serum or plasma
Min. Volume 0.2 mL serum or plasma Click here for Microdetermination info
Units mg/dL
Normal range Children and Adolescents (< 20 y/o):
Acceptable < 170 mg/dL
Borderline 170-199 mg/dL
High > 199 mg/dL


Adults (≥ 20 y/o):
Desirable < 200 mg/dL
Borderline 200-239 mg/dL
High > 239 mg/dL
Synonyms Coronary risk panel
Stability Room temperature 8 hours, refrigerated 2 days, frozen at -20C 1 week
Turn around times 4 hours
Additional information Screening with total cholesterol alone is no longer recommended. In all adults aged 20 years or older, a fasting lipoprotein profile (total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and triglyceride) should be obtained once every 5 years. If the testing opportunity is nonfasting, only the values for total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol will be usable. In such a case, if total cholesterol is ≥ 200 mg/dL or HDL is < 40 mg/dL, a followup lipoprotein profile is needed for appropriate management based on LDL.

For guidelines on cholesterol screening in children, see "Pediatrics 2008; 122:198-208, Lipid Screening and Cardiovascular Health in Childhood
Medical Necessity? Yes. Click here for more information
LOINC code 2093-3
Last Updated 11/12/2013 8:43:53 AM
Entry Number 192
Lab Procedure Link Click here for Procedure
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