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Also known as: LDL; LDL-C
Formal name: Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol

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NOTE: This article is based on research that utilizes the sources cited here as well as the collective experience of the Lab Tests Online Editorial Review Board. This article is periodically reviewed by the Editorial Board and may be updated as a result of the review. Any new sources cited will be added to the list and distinguished from the original sources used.

Sources Used in Current Review

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Van Leeuwen A.M., Poelhius-Leth, D.J. Davis's Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests With Nursing Implications. 3rd Edition, Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company; 2009, Pp 325-329.

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