LDL Cholesterol, Direct

Sunquest Code:LDLDIR  
Epic Code:LAB102Epic Name:LDL Cholesterol Direct
Synonyms:Low Density Lipoprotein; LDLDIR; Lipid
Methodology:Bichromatic end point
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Green (lithium heparin, gel) (Green (lithium heparin) on ICE, Red (no gel), Red or gold (gel))
Patient Preparation:Please do not eat 10-12 hours before your appointment if you are coming in fasting for labs on lipids, cholesterol, or glucose (sugar). This does not apply to pregnant women.
Water, tea or black cofee (with nothing added) is okay. Do not drink other fluids, diet soda or chew gum.
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Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Separate serum/plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection. Centrifuge and aliquot 1.25 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:Stability: Refrigerated - 3 days; frozen - 3 months.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (UMMC-East Bank, Fairview Lakes - FLMC, Fairview Northland - FNMC)


Reference Range:

LDL Cholesterol

0-19 y

0-110 mg/dL

Borderline high: 110-129 mg/dL

High: 130 mg/dL

20 y & older

Desirable: <100 mg/dL

Above desirable: 100-129 mg/dL

Borderline high: 130-159 mg/dL

High: 160-189 mg/dL

Very high: 190 mg/dL






LDL-Cholesterol: Therapeutic goal
100 mg/dL or less if CHD is present
129 mg/dL or less of no CHD and 2 or more risk factors
159 mg/dL or less if no CHD


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