Sunquest Code:TRIG  
Epic Code:LAB134Epic Name:Triglycerides
Synonyms:See also Cholesterol; 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), St Johns/St Joseph/Woodwinds-Green (lithium heparin, no gel) (Red (no gel), Red or gold (gel), St Johns/St Joseph/Woodwinds - Red (no 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 coffee (with nothing added) is okay. Do not drink other fluids, diet soda or chew gum.
If you have concerns about taking your medications, please send a message by clicking on Secure Messaging, Message Your Care Team.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot within 2 hours of collection 1.25 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:Stability: Room temperature - 24 hours; refrigerated - 7 days; frozen - 3 months.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics, Range, UMMC-East Bank, Oxboro Bloom, Lakes, Ridges, Northland, Southdale, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank, M Health Clinic and Surgery Center, Grand Itasca, St. Joseph's, St. John's, Woodwinds)


Reference Range:
0-9 y Normal: Less than 75 mg/dL
Borderline high: 75-99 mg/dL
High: Greater than or equal to 100 mg/dL
0-19 y Normal: Less than 90 mg/dL
Borderline high: 90-129 mg/dL
High: Greater than or equal to 130 mg/dL
20 y and older Normal: Less than 150 mg/dL
Borderline high: 150-199 mg/dL
High: 200-499 mg/dL
Very high: Greater than or equal to 500 mg/dL
 GICH: All ages less than 150 mg/dL    
Use:Determine lipid-related risk of macrovascular disease. New practice guidelines issued by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEO) are available at

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