Hypertriglyceridemia-induced Acute Pancreatitis in Pregnancy

  • Mindaugas Serpytis Clinic of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University. Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Vytautas Karosas Centre of Anesthesiology, Intensive Therapy and Pain Management, Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos. Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Rokas Tamosauskas Department of Anaesthesia, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Jurate Dementaviciene Department of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medicine Physics, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University. Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Kestutis Strupas Clinic of Gastroenterology, Nephrourology and Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University. Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Audrius Sileikis Centre of Abdominal Surgery, Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos. Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Jurate Sipylaite Clinic of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University. Vilnius, Lithuania
Keywords: Hypertriglyceridemia, Pancreatitis, Acute Necrotizing, Pregnancy


Context Hypertriglyceridemia is a well known phenomenon of pregnancy occuring due to physiologic changes in sex hormone levels. Occasionally, it could lead to development of acute pancreatitis. Gestational hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis occurs in pregnant women usually with preexisting abnormalities of the lipid metabolism and is associated with additional diagnostic and therapeutic challenges related to hypertriglyceridemia and pregnancy. Case report We present a case of the hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis in pregnant woman with no previous history of lipid abnormality and pregnancy as the only known triggering factor for hypertriglyceridemia. Conclusions Hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis is a rare complication of pregnancy; however, it should be suspected in all pregnant patients admitted for nonobsteric abdominal pain.

Image: CT image showing a diffusely enhancing and enlarged pancreas with hypodense foci in the pancreatic head.


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CT image showing a diffusely enhancing and enlarged pancreas with hypodense foci in the pancreatic head
How to Cite
SerpytisM., KarosasV., TamosauskasR., DementavicieneJ., StrupasK., SileikisA., & SipylaiteJ. (2012). Hypertriglyceridemia-induced Acute Pancreatitis in Pregnancy. JOP. Journal of the Pancreas, 13(6), 677-680. https://doi.org/10.6092/1590-8577/1148