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Test ID: GCC    
Gallstone Cholesterol Content

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

This assay provides information on the cholesterol content of the gall stones.


This test can aid the physician in designing a strategy for management of the patient's problem when cholecystectomy would be problematic.

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

Most gallstones are soft, flesh colored, and consist of a high percentage of cholesterol.  Formation of gallstones is the result of the gallbladder breaking down the molecular complex between bile salts and cholesterol.  At this point, the cholesterol deposits about some microscopic nidus to form gallstones.

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.

Not applicable

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

The presence of a high percentage of cholesterol in the gallstone suggests the process by which the gallstone is formed.

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

No significant cautionary statements