Lipid Panel With LDL:HDL Ratio

CPT: 80061
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Test Details

Test Includes

Cholesterol, LDL:HDL ratio; lipid panel


Abbreviations used are as follows: HDL-C, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; LDL-C, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; VLDL-C, very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Evaluation of hyperlipidemia as an index to coronary artery disease. Investigation of serum lipids is indicated in those with coronary and other arterial disease, especially when it is premature, and in those with family history of atherosclerosis or of hyperlipidemia. In this sense, the expression “premature” is mostly used to include those with a family history of premature CHD (definite myocardial infarction), or sudden death before 55 years of age in father or other male first-degree relative, or before 65 years of age in mother or other female first-degree relative. Patients with xanthomas should be worked up with lipid panels, but not those with xanthelasmas or xanthofibromas in the sense of dermatofibromas. Those whose fasting serum is lipemic should have a lipid panel, but the serum of a subject with high cholesterol but normal triglyceride is not milky in appearance. The patient with high cholesterol (>240 mg/dL) should have a lipid panel. Patients with cholesterol levels between 200−240 mg/dL plus two other coronary heart disease risk factors should also have a lipid panel.1 In addition to application in programs for evaluation of risk factors for coronary arterial disease, lipid profiling may lead to detection of some cases of hypothyroidism. If a patient has low LDL-C, but very low HDL-C, he/she may still be in jeopardy (Castelli of the Framingham study); therefore, LDL-C:HDL-C ratios are useful. Primary hyperlipoproteinemia includes hypercholesterolemia, a direct risk factor for coronary heart disease. Secondary hyperlipoproteinemias include increases of lipoproteins secondary to hypothyroidism, nephrosis, renal failure, obesity, diabetes mellitus, alcoholism, primary biliary cirrhosis, and other types of cholestasis.

Decreased lipids are found with some cases of malabsorption, malnutrition, advanced liver disease. In abetalipoproteinemia, cholesterol is <70 mg/dL.


Patients with obstructive liver disease may develop lipoprotein abnormalities. Serum lipid factors have not been demonstrated to strongly influence recurrent stenosis following coronary angioplasty, the pathogenesis of which is presently not well understood. LDL-C cannot be calculated if triglyceride is >400 mg/dL.


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Specimen Requirements


Serum (preferred) or plasma


1 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL


Gel-barrier transport, green-top (heparin) tube, or lavender-top (EDTA) tube

Patient Preparation

Patient should be on stable diet, ideally for two to three weeks prior to collection of blood, and should fast for 12 to 14 hours before collection of the specimen.


Separate serum or plasma from cells within 45 minutes of collection. Lipid panels are best avoided for three months following acute myocardial infarction, although cholesterol can be measured in the first 24 hours.

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Stability Requirements



Room temperature

3 days


14 days


14 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x2

Causes for Rejection


Clinical Information

Special Instructions

State patient's age and sex on the test request form.


1. Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults. The Expert Panel. Arch Intern Med. 1988 Jan; 148(1):36-69.3422148


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
235010 Lipid Panel With LDL/HDL Ratio 001065 Cholesterol, Total mg/dL 2093-3
235010 Lipid Panel With LDL/HDL Ratio 001172 Triglycerides mg/dL 2571-8
235010 Lipid Panel With LDL/HDL Ratio 011817 HDL Cholesterol mg/dL 2085-9
235010 Lipid Panel With LDL/HDL Ratio 011824 Comment: 77202-0
235010 Lipid Panel With LDL/HDL Ratio 011849 LDL/HDL Ratio ratio units 11054-4
235010 Lipid Panel With LDL/HDL Ratio 011916 VLDL Cholesterol Cal mg/dL 13458-5
235010 Lipid Panel With LDL/HDL Ratio 012054 LDL Cholesterol Calc mg/dL 13457-7

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