TGLBF - Clinical: Triglycerides, Body Fluid

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Test Name

Test ID: TGLBF    
Triglycerides, Body Fluid

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

Distinguishing between chylous and nonchylous effusions


Determining if bleeding has occurred in a body fluid


Identifying iatrogenic effusions

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

The presence of a chylous effusion, which results from lymphatic drainage into a body cavity, can be determined by identifying triglycerides and chylomicrons in the fluid.


Catheter-related iatrogenic effusions can be identified by determining the presence of intravenous solution constituents in the fluid.

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

A triglyceride concentration above 110 mg/dL is highly suggestive of a chylous effusion.

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

Cannot be performed on viscous fluids.

Clinical Reference Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

Ellefson RD, Elveback L, Weidman W: Plasma lipoproteins of children and youths in Rochester, MN. DHEW Publication No. (NIH) 1978;1478-1472