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CPT Code(s)



Spectrophotometry (SP)

Reference Range(s)

Pediatric HDL Cholesterol**

Male (mg/dL)Female (mg/dL)
≤4 YearsNot establishedNot established
5-14 Years38-7637-75
15-19 Years31-6536-76
** Pediatrics 1992 Mar; 89:525-584.

Adult HDL Cholesterol ***
Males ≥20 Years≥40 mg/dL
Females ≥20 Years≥46 mg/dL
*** 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

HDL Cholesterol is inversely related to the risk for cardiovascular disease. It increases following regular exercise, moderate alcohol consumption and with oral estrogen therapy. Decreased levels are associated with obesity, stress, cigarette smoking and diabetes mellitus.

Alternative Name(s)

HDL Cholesterol, Cardio IQ®

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