Cholesterol is a cell membrane component and serves also as a precursor for the biosynthesis of e.g. steroid hormones and bile acids.
|Total Desirable||≤ 200 mg/dL||5.2 mmol/L|
|Borderline high risk||200 – 240 mg/dL||5.2 – 6.2 mmol/L|
|High risk||> 240 mg/dL||> 6.2 mmol/L|
Each laboratory should check if the reference ranges are transferable to its own patient population and determine own reference ranges if necessary. For diagnostic purposes, the results should always be assessed with the patient’s medical history, clinical examinations and other findings.
- Familial (hereditary) hypercholesterolemia
- Biliary obstruction
- Nephrotic syndrome
- Severe liver insufficiency
- Chronic anaemia
- Waldenstroms macroglobulinemia