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Clinical Laboratory Test:
serum — cholesterol

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Description

The clinical test for cholesterol is typically acquired from a patient's serum. The serum is obtained by drawing a sample of blood from the patient's arm. The sample is then centrifuged to separate the serum from the other components of the blood. The serum is then tested for cholesterol using a colorimetric test. This test measures the amount of cholesterol in the serum by measuring the amount of a dye that binds to the cholesterol molecules. The amount of dye that binds to the cholesterol molecules is then compared to a standard to determine the amount of cholesterol in the serum.

Synonyms
  • total cholesterol
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Cholesterol
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All of the following must be considered when interpreting clinical findings and are too extensive to be covered on this site: