Interpretive Handbook

Test 62234 :
Bile Acids, Fractionated and Total, Serum

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Bile acids are elevated in individuals with liver dysfunction, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Measurement of individual bile acids in serum


May also be useful for patients receiving bile acid therapy, such as cholic acid, deoxycholic acid, or ursodeoxycholic acid

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

Do not use for the characterization of peroxisomal biogenesis disorders or inborn errors of bile acid metabolism.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.


Normal (nmol/mL)

Cholic Acid

< or =3.00

Chenodeoxycholic Acid

< or =5.00

Deoxycholic Acid

< or =2.20

Ursodeoxycholic Acid

< or =1.00

Total Fractionated Bile Acids

< or =8.00