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Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2018 Mar 20;31(2):189-191. doi: 10.1080/08998280.2018.1435123. eCollection 2018 Apr.

Acute pancreatitis secondary to hypertriglyceridemia precipitated by diabetic ketoacidosis in a previously undiagnosed ketosis-prone patient with diabetes mellitus.

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1
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
2
Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
3
Department of Medicine, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas.

Abstract

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a potentially fatal complication of diabetes mellitus that may result in hypertriglyceridemia. Rarely, the resulting hypertriglyceridemia may precipitate acute pancreatitis. We report a case of acute pancreatitis secondary to hypertriglyceridemia precipitated by diabetic ketoacidosis and postulate that this unusual presentation is due to the patient being prone to ketosis.

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Diabetes; hypertriglyceridemia; ketoacidosis; ketosis-prone; pancreatitis

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