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Order Code CH193
Turnaround Time 24 hours
Test Includes


Specimen Requirements
Specimen Source
Serum, Plasma
Transport Container
(Specimen Container)

SST (Tiger Top), Lithium Heparin, Sodium Heparin, Spray-dried EDTA

Preferred Specimens
Minimum Volume (uL)
1.7 uL
Collection Instructions
(Transport Temperature)
Transport Refrigerated (cold packs)
Specimen Stability
Temperature Period
Room temperature 2 days
Refrigerated 7 days
Frozen 3 months
Test Details
Accelerator Selective Detergent
Clinical Significance

The Alinity c Ultra HDL assay is used for the quantitation of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in human serum or plasma on the Alinity c analyzer.

Plasma lipoproteins are spherical particles containing varying amounts of cholesterol, triglycerides, phospholipids, and proteins. Phospholipids, free cholesterol, and proteins constitute the outer surface of the lipoprotein particle, while the inner core contains mostly esterified cholesterol and triglyceride. These particles serve to solubilize and transport cholesterol and triglyceride in the bloodstream.

The relative proportions of protein and lipid determine the density of these lipoproteins and provide a basis on which to begin their classification. The classes are: chylomicron, very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Numerous clinical studies have shown that the different lipoprotein classes have very distinct and varied effects on coronary heart disease risk.

The principle role of HDL cholesterol in lipid metabolism is the uptake and transport of cholesterol from peripheral tissues to the liver through a process known as reverse cholesterol transport (a proposed cardioprotective mechanism). Low HDL cholesterol levels are strongly associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

Hence, the determination of serum HDL cholesterol is a useful tool in identifying high-risk patients. The Adult Treatment Panel of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that in all adults 20 years of age and over, a fasting lipoprotein profile (total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglyceride) should be obtained once every five years to screen for coronary heart disease risk.

Reference Ranges

>39 mg/dL