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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.

Current lipid guidelines are based on fasting samples. While there are likely only minor changes between fasting and non-fasting parameters, cardiovascular risk assessment using non-fasting samples are not yet well established.

Additional Codes


PowerChart: Lipid Panel

MA Cerner: Not Available; See Lipid Cascade

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.)

Useful For

Cardiovascular risk assessment


Testing is performed Monday through Sunday.

Typically completed the same day order is received.

CPT Code Information

80061 Multi-Test Laboratory Panels: Lipid Panel

LOINC Code Information

24331-1 Lipid 1996 Panel-Serum or Plasma

Test Method


Cholesterol: Timed Endpoint Method; Beckman DXC880i
HDL: Liquid N-Geneous HDL Method; Beckman DXC880i
Triglyceride: Timed Endpoint Method; Beckman DXC880i

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)