Cholesterol

CPT Code

82465

Specimen Type

Blood

Container Type

Serum Separator Tube (SST)/Yellow

Stability

Room Temperature, 7 days; 2-8° C, 7 days; -20°C, 3 months

Handling Instructions

Allow to clot for 30 mins, centrifuge within 2 hours

Clinical Notes

Measurement of serum cholesterol levels can serve as an indicator of liver function, biliary function, intestinal absorption, propensity toward coronary artery disease, and thyroid function. Cholesterol levels are important in the diagnosis and classification of hyperlipoproteinemias. Stress, age, gender, hormonal balance, and pregnancy affect normal cholesterol levels.