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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Lipoprotein Profile, Serum

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Updated Test Information:

Test Description
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Lipoprotein Profile, Serum
NMR Lipoprotein Profile
Test ID
General Information
Useful for:
Assessment and management of a patient's risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Identifying residual risk that may be present in some patients on cholesterol targeting treatment
Specimen Type
Specimen Requirements
Red Top
Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days
Frozen 14 days
Ambient 8 hours
Unacceptable Specimen Conditions
Gross hemolysis Reject
Gross lipemia Reject
Gross icterus Reject
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
Estimated TAT
2-7 days
Testing Schedule
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
CPT Code(s)
Minimum Sample Volume
1 mL
Reference Range

> or =18 years:

LDL Particles:
Desirable: <1,000 nmol/L
Above Desirable: 1,000-1,299 nmol/L
Borderline high: 1,300-1,599 nmol/L
High: 1,600-2,000 nmol/L
Very high: > or =2,000 nmol/L

HDL Particles:
Male: >30 mcmol/L
Female: >35 mcmol/L

LDL Cholesterol (NMR):
Desirable: <100 mg/dL
Above Desirable: 100-129 mg/dL
Borderline high: 130-159 mg/dL
High: 160-189 mg/dL
Very high: > or =190 mg/dL

Reference values have not been established for patients who are <18 years of age.

Performing Lab
LOINC Code(s)
54434-6, 49748-7, 2089-1