Cholesterol, Total was found in Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests which delivers information on how the test works, how to accurately interpret results, and how to provide the best care to your patients before, during, and after a test.

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Davis's Lab and Diagnostic Tests

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General

Synonym/Acronym:
N/A.

Common Use:
To assess and monitor risk for coronary artery disease.

Specimen:
Serum (1 mL) collected in a red- or tiger-top tube. Plasma (1 mL) collected in a green-top (heparin) tube is also acceptable. It is important to use the same tube type when serial specimen collections are anticipated for consistency in testing.

Normal Findings:
(Method: Spectrophotometry)

RiskConventional UnitsSI Units (Conventional Units × 0.0259)
Children and adolescents (less than 20 yr)
 DesirableLess than 170 mg/dLLess than 4.4 mmol/L
 Borderline170–199 mg/dL4.4–5.2 mmol/L
 HighGreater than 200 mg/dLGreater than 5.2 mmol/L
Adults and older adults
 DesirableLess than 200 mg/dLLess than 5.18 mmol/L
 Borderline200–239 mg/dL5.18–6.19 mmol/L
 HighGreater than 240 mg/dLGreater than 6.22 mmol/L
Plasma values may be 10% lower than serum values.

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