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CPT Code(s)



Spectrophotometry (SP)

Reference Range(s)

Pediatric Triglycerides*

AgeMales (mg/dL)Females (mg/dL)
Birth-9 Years30-10433-115
10-14 Years33-12938-135
15-19 Years38-15240-136
* Pediatrics 1992 Mar, 89:525-584.

Adult Triglycerides**
<150 mg/dLNormal
150-199 mg/dLBorderline-High
200-499 mg/dLHigh
≥500 mg/dLVery High
** An executive summary of the new NCEP guidelines, the "Third Report of the NCEP Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults." Journal of the American Medical Association. May 16, 2001.

Clinical Significance

Serum Triglyceride analysis has proven useful in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with diabetes mellitus, nephrosis, liver obstruction, other diseases involving lipid metabolism, and various endocrine disorders. In conjunction with high density lipoprotein and total serum cholesterol, a triglyceride determination provides valuable information for the assessment of coronary heart disease risk.

Alternative Name(s)

Triglycerides, Cardio IQ®

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