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Laboratory Medicine

Test Directory / Triglyceride


Brown clotted serum, gel barrier or lithium heparin

Common AbbreviationsTRIGs, TRI
Tube typeBrown clotted serum, gel barrier or lithium heparin
Clinical IndicationMeasurements of triglyceride are used in diagnosis and treatment of patients with acute and chronic pancreatitis, diabetes mellitus, nephrosis, extrahepatic biliary obstruction, and other diseases involving lipid metabolism, or various endocrine disorders. Clinically, triglyceride assays are used to help classify various genetic and metabolic lipoprotein disorders, and in the assessment of risk factors for atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease.
Specimen TypeBlood
Sample typeSerum or plasma
Minimum Volume0.5mL If requesting more than 10 tests please send an additional brown clotted serum sample.
Special PrecautionsFasting sample preferred
Stability2 days at 15-25°C and 7 days at 2-8°C
Turnaround TimeInpatient: 4 hours Outpatient/ GP: 24 hours
LaboratoryYork and Scarborough
Reference IntervalFasting: <1.7 mmol/L (Quoted by the manufacturer)
LimitationsFalsely lower results may be seen in patient on Methimazole and calcium dobesilate. Higher results may be seen in patients on Intralipid
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