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Lab Dept:

Chemistry

Test Name:

TRIGLYCERIDES

General Information

Lab Order Codes:

TRIG

Synonyms:

N/A

CPT Codes:

84478 - Triglycerides

Test Includes:

Triglyceride concentration in mg/dL.

Logistics

Test Indications:

Useful for evaluating hyperlipidemia; monitoring nutritional status and risk of heart disease.

Lab Testing Sections:

Chemistry

Phone Numbers:

MIN Lab: 612-813-6280

STP Lab: 651-220-6550

Test Availability:

Daily, 24 hours

Turnaround Time:

4 hours

Special Instructions:

See Patient Preparation

Specimen

Specimen Type:

Blood

Container:

Green top (Li Heparin) tube preferred
Alternate tube: Red top (plain, no gel) tube

Draw Volume:

0.6 mL blood

Processed Volume:

0.2 mL serum/plasma

Collection:

Routine venipuncture. Mix tubes containing anticoagulant by gentle inversion.

Special Processing:

Lab Staff: Centrifuge specimen, remove serum/plasma aliquot into plastic sample cup. Analyze specimen immediately or store at refrigerated temperatures.

Do Not use ultracentrifugation.

Patient Preparation:

It is recommended that patient fast for 9-12 hours prior to testing if possible.

Sample Rejection:

Unlabeled or mislabeled specimen

Interpretive

Reference Range:

Age:

Acceptable (mg/dL)

Borderline
(mg/dL)

High
(mg/dL)

0 - 9 yrs:

0 - 75

75 - 99

<150

10 - 17 yrs:

<90

90 - 129

≥130

≥18 yrs:

<150

150 - 199

≥200

Note: The National Education Program (NCEP) has set the above guidelines for Triglycerides.

Critical Values:

N/A

Limitations:

Triglyceride values are decreased in samples with excessive hemolysis.

Methodology:

Enzymatic

References:

TGL Flex® reagent cartridge insert sheet Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc, 2008-02-29 C 717069.101 - US

Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry (1999) 3rd Edition, WB Saunders Company, 1999

Jacobs & DeMott Laboratory Test Handbook (2001) Lexi-Comp, Inc, Hudson, OH, 5th Edition

Biorad Liquichek Unassayed Chemistry Control Product Insert, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Irvine, CA 92618



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