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Triglyceride, serum
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Test Name:
Triglyceride, serum
Test Code(s):
Testing Prerequisites:
Lipid Fasting Requirements ( Lab Bulletin - 26 March 2014)

Patient Instructions:
Fasting Glucose and Lipid tests

Collection Device/Tube Type:
5 mL blood - gold top serum separator tube (gel)
Submission Requirements:
1 mL serum
•  Record the number of hours fasting on the requisition and in LIS

Frequency of Testing:
Reference Range:


Triglyceride (mmol/L)

Result comment

≥ 18 years

≤ 1.71


< 18 years

< 1.50

Acceptable limit relative to dyslipidemia & atherosclerosis risk

< 0.85 mmol/L (0 to 9 years) or
< 1.02 mmol/L (10 to 17 years

Note:  Lipid reporting is based on the 2016 Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines, National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP ATP III) and the 2012 Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in children and Adolescents

Serum triglyceride analysis is included in the LDL Cholesterol Lipid Battery

Initial Patient Assessment
Refer to the Provincial Standardization of Lipids Lab Bulletin (11 October 2016) for:
  •  treatment indicators
  •  treatment goals

Last Reviewed:
21 August 2017

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