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ID:58 Cholesterol (total)
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DescriptionCholesterol measurment used in screening or patient monitoring.
IndicationLipid screening, cardiovascular disease, family history, presence of xanthoma, xanthelasma, obesity, DM or gout.
Additional Info
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

InterpretationCholesterol levels should be assesed in relation to other risk factors using the risk tables. Exclude secondary causes of hyperlipidaemia such as hypothyroidism, cholestasis, nephrotic syndrome, diabetes mellitus. If cholesterol is <5.2 mmol/L reasses in 10 yrs. If cholesterol is >6.5 mmol/L obtain fasting sample and measure full lipid profile. Cholesterol of 8 - 15 mmol/L is indicative of heterozygous FH and >15 mmol/L is indicative of homozygous FH.

Ref. Range (Male)2.6 - 5.2
Ref. Range (Female)
Ref. Range (Paed)
Ref. Range Notes
Unitsmmol/L


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Turnround CommentMinimum re-test interval = 28 days
Originally edited by : JHB. Last edited on 04/12/2015 16:13:00. Published By Sylvia Bennett on 04/12/2014 16:13:00.