Label Mnemonic: TRIG
Epic Lab Code: LAB134
Order Form: Laboratory Requisition
Collection Medium:
Plasma Separator Tube 4.5 mL
Alternate Collection Media:
Call laboratory for additional acceptable specimen collection containers.
3 mL whole blood in light green top tube or ONE Microtainer® for pediatric patients.
Testing Schedule:
24 hrs/day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
Turn Around Time:
1 hour (upon receipt in laboratory)
Reference Range:
Normal: < 150 mg/dL Borderline High: 150-199 mg/dL High: 200-499 mg/dL Very High: > or = 500 mg/dL To convert triglyceride values to mm/L, divide by 88.6.
Fasting for at least 12 hours prior to collection is recommended.

Please print, complete and submit the Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) along with the Laboratory Requisition before shipping the specimen.
Test Limitations:
Serum/Plasma Icterus: Significant negative interference can occur with I index above 10 for conjugated bilirubin and above 35 for unconjugated bilirubin (approximate conjugated bilirubin concentration of 10 mg/dL or approximate unconjugated bilirubin concentration of 35 mg/dL). Hemolysis: No significant interference up to an H index of 700 (approximate hemoglobin concentration: 700 mg/dL). Lipemia (Intralipid): The L index correlates with sample turbidity and not to triglycerides level. Serum samples having extremely elevated triglycerides (greater than 3000 mg/dL) can produce a normal result.* High concentrations of unesterified glycerol in the sample can produce falsely elevated results. This can occur in rare inborn errors of glycerol metabolism (e.g., glycerol kinase deficiency). In very rare cases gammopathy, in particular type IgM Walderstroms macroglobulinemia, may cause unreliable results. *Shephard MDS, Whiting MJ. Clin Chem. 1990;36(2):325-329.
Enzymatic Colorimetric
Sample Processing:
Centrifuge at 3000 RPM for 10 minutes.
Aliquot plasma into labeled container and cap.
Sample Storage:
Transport Instructions:
Place specimen into zip-lock type bag, seal bag.
Place requisition into outside pocket of bag.
Ship ambient or refrigerate.
CPT Code:
See also:
Triglycerides-Other, Body Fluid
See Additional Information:
Fasting Specimen Requirements