Hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis
12 hours of acute onset left flank pain.
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The patient proceeded to further work-up including ultrasound that did not demonstrate cholelithiasis was well as blood tests with selected results shown:
- Lipase: 519 IU/L (normal 8-78)
Fasting lipid profile:
- Cholest. 17.9H mmol/L (normal <4.0)
- HDLC 0.4L mmol/L (normal >1.0)
- Triglycer. 32.3H mmol/L (normal <1.5)
The patient also denied alcohol abuse.
Hypertriglyceridemia is one of more common non-biliary non-alcoholic pancreatitis (meaning that is quite uncommon overall!), and is the most common (~55%) cause of pancreatitis in pregnancy.
While the pathogenesis is unclear, to induce pancreatitis serum triglyceride levels have to be at least 10 mmol/L and are typically >20 mmol/L. The underlying cause of hypertriglyceridemia is most commonly (~60%) a genetic disorder in lipid metabolism.
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- Gan SI, Edwards AL, Symonds CJ et-al. Hypertriglyceridemia-induced pancreatitis: A case-based review. World J. Gastroenterol. 2007;12 (44): 7197-202. Free text at pubmed - Pubmed citation