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Early plasmapheresis in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia induced acute pancreatitis

George Alexander, Sudhish Sehra, Rajesh Agarwal

Keywords : Hypertriglyceridemia, plasmaphresis, severe acute pancreatitits

Citation Information : Alexander G, Sehra S, Agarwal R. Early plasmapheresis in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia induced acute pancreatitis. Indian J Crit Care Med 2015; 19 (8):487-489.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.162472

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-08-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).


Hypertriglyceridemia can cause severe diseases such as acute pancreatitis (AP) and coronary artery disease. The routine management of hypertriglyceridemia is dietary restriction of fat and lipid-lowering medications to manage the secondary or precipitating causes of hypertriglyceridemia. However, in cases of AP with severe hypertriglyceridemia (SHTG) (triglycerides [TG] >1000 mg/dl) rapid reduction of TG levels to well below 1000 mg/dl can improve outcome and prevent further episodes of pancreatitis. Plasmapheresis is a therapeutic option in such medical emergencies. We discussed 2 cases of severe AP with SHTG where we used early plsmapheresis along with other supportive management.

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