Preferred Sample Type

Lipoprotein/lipid Electrophoresis (Serum)

Suitable Specimen Types

  • Serum
1mL blood (0.5ml serum)

Specimen Transport

Send specimens to referral laboratory by first class post within 4 days of specimen collection.

Sample Processing in Laboratory

Centrifuge and separate serum, Sample should not be frozen and is stable for only 7 days.

Sample Preparation

Fresh serum samples required. Heparin samples NOT suitable. Sample should not be frozen and is stable for only 7 days.

Turnaround Time

Two weeks from date received by referral laboratory.

Sample Stability

Store separated serum at 4ºC for up to 7 days. Specimens MUST NOT be frozen.

Lipoprotein/lipid Electrophoresis (Serum)

General Information

There are four major classes of lipoproteins:

  • Chylomicrons, which circulate in the blood and deposit the triglycerides in fatty tissue
  • Very low-density lipoproteins, which like chylomicrons also circulate in the blood and deposit triglycerides in fatty tissue but contain a higher concentration of cholesterol
  • Low-density lipoproteins, also called “bad cholesterol,” form 60 to 70 percent of a person’s total cholesterol
  • High-density lipoproteins, also called “good cholesterol,” removes excess cholesterol from tissues in the body

Patient Preparation

Fasting samples are preferred.

Reference Range

None Given. Written report given.

PLEASE NOTE from 01/08/2012 lipoprotein electrophoresis is no longer performed in-house, specimens to be sent to referral laboratory.  All requests for lipoprotein electrophoresis to be vetted by Duty Biochemist.


  • EQA Scheme?: No
  • EQA Status:

    No scheme available.

The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link:

  • Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital pathology laboratories are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8217
  • United Kingdom Health Security Agency laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8213

Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

For further test information, please visit the test database:

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For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235