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An alternative treatment in hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis in pregnancy: Plasmapheresis

Authors
Journal
Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology
0970-9185
Publisher
Medknow Publications
Publication Date
Volume
28
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.94913
Keywords
  • Case Report
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Hormonal influences during pregnancy can compromise otherwise controlled lipid levels in women with familial hypertriglyceridemia and predispose to pancreatitis leading to increased morbidity in both mother and fetus. Both cholesterol and triglyceride levels in serum increase progressively during pregnancy. The mainstay of treatment includes dietary restriction of fatty meal and lipid-lowering medications. Experiences with plasmapheresis are limited. We report two cases of hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis during pregnancy, which were successfully treated by plasmapheresis.

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