Lipoprotein (a)

Additional Information:

UFHPL Epic Order Code: LAB563

CPT Code(s):


Specimen Requirements:

Specimen: Serum (preferred) or plasma

Volume: 0.5 mL

Container: Red-top tube, gel-barrier tube, lavender-top (EDTA) tube, green-top (heparin) tube, or blue-top (citrate) tube

Collection: Separate serum or plasma from cells as soon as possible (within two hours).

Storage Instructions: Refrigerate. Stable refrigerated for 14 days or frozen (if greater than 14 days)

Patient Preparation: Intake of alcohol, aspirin, niacin, and estrogen supplements have the potential of causing a misrepresentation of true Lp(a) concentrations.


Lp(a) determination is intended for use in conjunction with clinical evaluation, patient risk assessment, and other lipid tests to evaluate disorders of lipid metabolism and to assess coronary heart disease in specific populations.




2 – 4 days

Reference Values:

<75.0 nmol/L; values ≥75.0 nmol/L may indicate independent risk factor for CHD.