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Test Code HDL/LAB101 HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) Cholesterol

Performing Laboratory

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center / Asante Three Rivers Medical Center

Specimen Requirements

Yellow (Gold) top tube (SST)  

Lithium Heparin Green top tube

Plain Red top tube


Outpatient clients MUST draw SST

Specimen Transport Temperature and Stability

Centrifuge and refrigerate within 2 hours of collection
Spun SST is stable for 48 hours if refrigerated at 2° to 8° C

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 ml

Reasons for Rejection


Quantity not sufficient (QNS)

Lack of Two Patient Identifiers:

         1-Patient's First & Last name 

         2-Patient's Date of Birth

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Routine – same day

ASAP – 2 hours after receipt of specimen in lab

STAT – 1 hour after receipt of specimen in lab

Additional Information

HDL-C levels are an important determinate for the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). This is an inverse
relationship, that is, the higher the HDL-C, the lower the risk for CHD


National Cholesterol Education Panel (NCEP) recommends (APTlll):


< 40 mg/dl Positive Risk Factor

> 60 mg/dl Negative (protective) Risk Factor



Performing Department


Test Classification and CPT Coding

83718  -  Lipoprotein, direct measurement; high density cholesterol (HDL cholesterol)

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