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Test ID BFLA1 Lipid Analysis, Body Fluid

Necessary Information

1. Date and time of collection are required. 2. Specimen source is required.

Specimen Required

Specimen Type: Body fluid

Preferred Sources:

Peritoneal fluid (peritoneal, abdominal, ascites, paracentesis)

Pleural fluid (pleural, chest, thoracentesis)

Drain fluid (drainage, JP drain)



Acceptable Source: Write in source name with source location (if appropriate)


Collection Container/Tube: Sterile container, no additive

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 3 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Centrifuge to remove any cellular material and transfer into a plastic vial.

2. Indicate the specimen source and source location on label.

Useful For

Distinguishing between chylous and nonchylous effusions

Method Name

Colorimetry/Spectrophotometry (SP)/Electrophoresis


Quantitates cholesterol and triglycerides. Test includes an interpretation.

Reporting Name

Lipid Analysis, BF

Specimen Type

Body Fluid

Specimen Minimum Volume

2.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Body Fluid Frozen (preferred) 30 days
  Refrigerated  7 days
  Ambient  24 hours

Reference Values

An interpretive report will be provided.

Day(s) Performed

Monday through Friday

Report Available

3 to 4 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test has been modified from the manufacturer's instructions. Its performance characteristics were determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

82664-Electrophoretic technique, not elsewhere specified (Chylomicrons and lipoproteins)

84311-Spectrophotometry, analyte not specified (Cholesterol)


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
BFLA1 Lipid Analysis, BF 94872-9


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
FLD28 Fluid Type: 14725-6
BFCHO Cholesterol, BF 12183-0
BFTRG Triglycerides, BF 12228-3
BFCMT Comment 21025-2