Extremely High Triglyceride Level in a Chronic Alcoholic Presenting with Acute Pancreatitis

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences,2013,3,2,682-683.
Published:May 2013
Type: Case Report
Author(s) affiliations:

Rudrajit Paul*,1, Raja Bhattacharya1, Abhishek Das2, Jayati Mondal3

1Assistant Professor,

2Junior Resident, Dept. of Medicine

3Junior Resident, Dept. of Gynaecology Medical College Kolkata, 88, College Street, Kolkata 700073, West Bengal, India.


Hypertriglyceridemia is a complication of many medical conditions like diabetes and alcoholism. Extremely high triglyceride levels are known to cause pancreatitis. Aggressive lipid lowering by drugs and/or apheresis is the mainstay of therapy. We here report a case of alcoholic and diabetic male with triglyceride level of more than 4000 mg/dl. He presented with acute pancreatitis and multi organ dysfunction and could not be salvaged. This case highlights the need of measuring lipid levels in critical care. This is probably the first report of such extreme triglyceride levels from India.

Extremely high triglyceride level in a chronic alcoholic presenting with acute pancreatitis