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This procedure uses a series of coupled enzymatic reactions to determine the triglyceride level in the blood.

Test Utility

The triglycerides test is used in the assessment of risk for atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke. It can also be used as a monitor to lower the risk of heart disease and to help classify metabolic and genetic disorders of lipid metabolism.

Specimen Collection and Preparation

Fasting (> or = 12 Hours) Serum or Plasma

Serum or plasma sample in the following tubes:

  • Preferred Specimen: One Gold-top SST tube. (Minimum Whole Blood: 4.0 mL)

  • Also acceptable: One Lavender-top EDTA tube OR One Green–top Heparin tube (Minimum Whole Blood: 3.0 mL)

Specimen Storage and Stability

Store serum or plasma at the following temperatures:

  • Room Temperature: Not indicated

  • Refrigerated 2°C to 8°C: up to 7 days

  • Frozen -20°C or lower: 3 Months

Specimen Rejection

  • Insufficient sample volume

  • Sample not stored at proper temperature

  • Frozen whole blood

  • Severely hemolyzed samples

  • Severely lipemic specimens

  • Specimen labeled incorrectly or not labeled

Reference Pages


Monday – Saturday

Result available within 24 hours of receipt in laboratory

NOTE: Specimens are refrigerated (2-8°) for 7 days before disposal


Vibra Health Laboratory

1307- A, Allen Dr

Troy, MI 48083

(248) 846-0663

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