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Lipoprotein (a) (Lp(a))

Category Biochemistry >> Proteins
Test background

Lp(a) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Concentrations are genetically determined, with high concentrations being associated with the higher risk phenotype. Quantitation of Lp(a) is performed by an isoform insensitive immunoassay for improved accuracy

Clinical Indications

Measurement of Lp(a) should be considered in patients with a moderate or high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Reference range

Cardiovascular Risk Stratification:

Low Risk <60 nmol/L ( <300 mg/L)
Borderline Risk 60 – 100 nmol/L (300 – 500 mg/L)
High Risk >100 nmol/L (>500 mg/L)
Sample & container required Serum preferred (red top), heparin (green top) and EDTA (lavender top) acceptable
Sample volume 0.5 mL
Transport storage Stable at 2-8°C for 72 hours. Please freeze pending dispatch for analysis. Sample can be sent by first class post.
Turnaround time 1 week

Grossly haemolysed samples are unsuitable for this assay.