Blood cholesterol concentration: Fingerstick plasma vs venous serum sampling

Philip Greenland*, Nancy L. Bowley, Barbara Meiklejohn, Kathryn L. Doane, Charles E. Sparks

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To assess whether venous and fingerstick blood samples yield similar cholesterol concentrations, we obtained both types of samples simultaneously in 108 volunteers participating in a cholesterol screening program. All samples were analyzed by the same enzymatic method in a standardized laboratory, and pairs of simultaneous samples were measured in the same laboratory run. Cholesterol concentrations in fingerstick-derived plasma were consistently higher than in the venous serum (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)628-630
Number of pages3
JournalClinical chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990


  • Physician's office testing
  • Screening
  • Source of
  • Variation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry

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