Cholesterol, Serum or Plasma

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Cholesterol, serum or plasma

Desirable: <200 mg/dL [<5.2 mmol/L], adults

Borderline: 200–239 mg/dL [5.2–6.1 mmol/L], adults

High risk: >240 mg/dL [>6.2 mmol/L], adults


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Fasting specimen is required for LDL-C determination. HDL-C and total cholesterol can be measured with nonfasting specimen.

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