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Test Code 785 Lipid Panel

Important Note

Order Lipid Cascade if a measured LDL is required in presence of unreportable Triglyceride result.

Additional Codes


PowerChart: Lipid Panel

Epic: LAB18 Lipid Panel

MA Cerner: Lab Only Order

Test Method


Cholesterol: Timed Endpoint Method; Beckman DXC600/DXC880i

HDL: Liquid N-Geneous HDL Method; Beckman DXC600/DXC880i

Triglyceride: Timed Endpoint Method; Beckman DXC600/DXC880i


Cholesterol: Timed Endpoint Method; Siemens

HDL & Triglyceride: Bichromatic Endpoint Technique; Siemens

Specimen Requirement

0.5 mL serum or plasma is required.

Additional Specimen Collection Information

Collect blood in a lithium heparin, green-top or red-top tube. PST and SST (gel tubes) are acceptable. A 12 hour fast prior to collection is preferred but not required. Refrigerate the specimen if unable to assay within 8 hours of collection. It is recommended that the serum or plasma be separated from contact with cells within 2 hours from time of collection. Specimens not centrifuged within 4 hours of collection may be rejected. If the patient is unable to be redrawn, the test may be performed at the request of the ordering clinician and results will carry a disclaimer. (Disclaimer: the specimen was not received in the recommended fashion (delayed cell separation from serum or plasma. Results should be interpreted with caution.)


Testing is performed Monday through Sunday.

Typically completed the same day order is received.

Reference Values


  • Adult: < 200 mg/dL
  • Pediatric (2-17 years): < 170 mg/dL


  • Adult: < 150 mg/dL
  • Pediatric
    • 2-9 years:  < 75 mg/dL
    • 10-17 years: < 90 mg/dL


  • Adult: ≥ 40 mg/dL
  • Pediatric (2-17 years): > 45 mg/dL


  • Adult: < 100 mg/dL (calculated)
  • Pediatric (2-17 years): < 110 mg/dL (calculated)

Non-HDL Cholesterol:

  • Adult: < 130 mg/dL (calculated)
  • Pediatric (2-17 years): < 120 mg/dL (calculated)

CPT Code Information

80061 Multi-Test Laboratory Panels: Lipid Panel

Useful For

Cardiovascular risk assessment

LOINC Code Information

24331-1 Lipid 1996 Panel-Serum or Plasma