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Test Code 1785 HDL-Cholesterol (High-Density Lipoprotein), Plasma

Performing Laboratory

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory


Enzymatic (Colorimetric)

Literature Reference:

Package insert: HDL reagent HDLC3. Roche Corporation, 06/2015.

Specimen Requirements

Note: This test is also available as part of #1169 Lipid Panel. See Common Panel Test Combinations in Special Instructions to avoid duplicate test requests when multiple panels are ordered.


Patient Preparation:

1. Fasting (12 to 14 hour, overnight) is required if triglycerides or LDL, calculated are ordered along with this test, as triglycerides are affected by recent dietary intake. A fasting specimen is not required if triglycerides or LDL, calculated are not ordered.

2. Patients should be following ordinary eating habits and not be acutely ill, losing weight, pregnant, or had a myocardial infarction within the last 3 months.

Specimen Type: Plasma
Container/Tube: Mint-green top (lithium heparin)
Specimen Volume: Full tube

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Turnaround Time:
STAT: 1 hour after receipt in laboratory 
Routine: 2 to 4 hours after receipt in laboratory

Reference Values

<40 mg/dL-low, a major risk factor for heart disease
>60 mg/dL-high, considered protective of heart disease

Literature Reference:

National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Expert Panel on the Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III). Circulation 2004;110:227.

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Additional Information

For BJH Laboratory Use Only
Alternate Tube:

1 dark green-top (lithium heparin) tube

1 red-top tube
Analyte Stability:

See Analyte Stability Chart in Special Instructions.

Laboratory Processing Instructions:

Test performed in BJH Core Lab.  Processed by automated line for delivery to the Cobas 8000. Completed specimens are stored refrigerated for 5 days. 

Specimen Transport Temperature


LOINC Code Information

Name LOINC Code
Cholesterol, HDL 2085-9