Triglycerides are the most abundant lipids and are used in screening for atherosclerotic risks and in monitoring of lipid lowering measures.

Reference Ranges

Desirable (fasting)< 200 mg/dL< 2.3 mmol/L
Borderline high200 – 400 mg/dL2.3 – 4.5 mmol/L
Elevated> 400 mg/dL> 4.5 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.

Increased in

  1. Hereditary hypertriglyceridaemia
  2. Nephrotic syndrome
  3. Diabetes mellitus
  4. Pancreatitis
  5. Pregnancy
  6. Liver disease (Zieve’s syndrome)
  7. Excessive alcohol intake

Decreased in

  1. Malnutrition
  2. Congenital Lipoproteinaemia


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