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Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Jan;16(1):141-3. doi: 10.4103/2230-8210.91211.

Hypertriglyceridemia-induced recurrent acute pancreatitis: A case-based review.

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Department of Endocrinology, Medwin Hospital, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.


Hypertriglyceridemia is a rare, but well-known cause of acute pancreatitis. A serum triglyceride level of more than 1000 to 2000 mg / dl is the identifiable risk factor. It typically presents as an episode of acute pancreatitis or recurrent acute pancreatitis. The clinical course and routine management of Hypertriglyceridemia-induced pancreatitis is similar to other causes. A thorough family history is important, as is the identification of secondary causes of hypertriglyceridemia. The mainstay of therapy includes dietary restriction of fatty meal and fibric acid derivatives. We hereby report the case of a 37-year-old lady with a family history of dyslipidemia presenting with recurrent episodes of acute pancreatitis. We also review the literature for pathogenesis and management of hyperlipidemia.


Acute pancreatitis; fibric acid derivatives; hyperlipidemia; hypertriglyceridemia

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