The number reported under Lipemia measures the turbidity
of the sample in terms of concentrations of lipid in an emulsion of fat.
This correlates weakly to the triglyceride concentration
in the sample.
Cornell University provides guidelines on how turbidity (usually due to
lipemia) affects sample results, e.g. a lipemic index of >100 may
(not always) falsely decrease electrolyte concentrations. These guidelines
are derived from manafacturer's recommendations and is based on data from
spiking human samples with a fat emulsion (Intralipid®). These values
may not apply to samples from animals and there may be species
differences. These guidelines should always be used in
conjunction with clinical signs and knowledge of the underlying disease
processes as guides for interpreting laboratory data
and determining the accuracy of reported laboratory results.
Guide to Lipemia Index
| Lipemia index
||slightly turbid (hazy)
||moderately turbid (milky)
||markedly turbid (creamy)
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