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Test Code CHOL BF Body Fluid Cholesterol

Clinical System Name

Body Fluid Cholesterol

Sample Requirements

Specimen:  Body Fluid

Container(s): Sterile Screw-Capped Container, Sterile Screw-Capped Tube or Syringe

Preferred Vol: 0.5 mL

Minimum Vol: 0.25 mL body fluid


Note: Note type of body fluid on requisition. Abdominal, ascites, body, chest, peritoneal, pleural and thoracent fluid in Gold SST or Red tubes are also acceptable.  Aliquot 0.5 mL body fluid into a plastic bullet tube and centrifuge.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Age of Specimen, Incorrect specimen container

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: 2-8oC

Storage location: Core 5 Chemistry Refrigerator


Off-site collection: Note type of body fluid on requisition. Centrifuge 0.5 mL body fluid; transfer supernatant to plastic aliquot tube. Refrigerate 2-8oC.



Specimen Type Temperature Time
Body Fluid RT

Not Recommended

Body Fluid 2-8oC

≤ 3 D

Body Fluid -20oC or -70oC

≤ 21 D



STAT Performed TAT
Y 24/7 1 H


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory    


Department:  Core Chemistry

Phone Number: 206-987-2617

Reference Range

Reference ranges are not available for BF.


Method:  Spectrophotometric, Rate methods by Vitros 4600

Analytical Volume:  0.02 mL supernatant + 0.03 mL dead space

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