Laboratory investigation of dyslipidemia

Sridevi Devaraj, Ishwarlal Jialal

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of illness and death in the United States. Disorders of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism (dyslipidemia) predispose patients to premature atherosclerosis. Dyslipidemias can be classified as hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, combined hyperlipidemia, and low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Elevated cholesterol levels can cause premature atherosclerosis, and high triglyceride levels can result in pancreatitis. The laboratory investigations that are useful in the diagnosis and management of dyslipidemia include measurement of cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, both directly and through calculation. Useful tests that can be done in the laboratory to exclude secondary causes of dyslipidemia are measurement of thyroid- stimulating hormone, blood glucose, liver enzymes, creatinine, and plasma and urine protein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-436
Number of pages5
JournalLaboratory Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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