Cholesterol, Fluid

Sterile Specimen Cup

Container Type

Test ID LAB376
CPT Code(s) 82465
Group/Individual Test Group
Laboratory Core Laboratory
Tube Station 30
Specimen 1mL fluid in sterile container; No Preservatives
Stability Room Temperature: 8 hours
Refrigerated: 2 days
Frozen: 30 days
Availability 24 hrs/day
Turnaround Time Routine: 2 hrs; STAT: 1 hr
Reference Range Undefined
Provide fluid type.
Reference Range is not defined; therefore, other clinical data should be taken into consideration when interpreting these results.
  • Peritoneal Cholesterol >48 mg/dL suggests malignant ascites.  Levels <48 mg/dL are consistent with cirrhotic ascites.
  • A Pleural Cholesterol >45 mg/dL is one diagnostic component criteria for exudates.

Reviewed by Christopher Parker on January 11, 2022

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514