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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hypertriglyceridemic pancreatitis

PulmCrit ( EMCrit)
PulmCrit- March 13, 2017 - By Josh Farkas
"Summary: The Bullet
  • Hypertriglyceridemic pancreatitis is common among critically ill pancreatitis patients, but receives little attention.
  • Measuring a triglyceride level should be considered in all patients with pancreatitis.
  • The diagnosis of hypertriglyceridemic pancreatitis is based upon an elevated triglyceride level (typically >1,000 mg/dL) and exclusion of other likely causes.
  • In addition to general therapies for pancreatitis, patients with hypertriglyceridemic pancreatitis may also benefit from treatments targeted at reducing triglyceride levels (either plasmapheresis or insulin infusion).
  • Some recent evidence suggests that insulin infusion may be more effective than plasmapheresis clinically. Insulin infusion is also safer and easier to initiate immediately."