Hypertriglyceridemia Independent Propofol-Induced Pancreatitis

  • Thiruvengadam Muniraj Section of Digestive Diseases, Yale University School of Medicine. New Haven, CT, USA
  • Harry R Aslanian Section of Digestive Diseases, Yale University School of Medicine. New Haven, CT, USA
Keywords: Amylases, fospropofol disodium, Hyper¬triglyceridemia, Lipase, Pancreatitis, Propofol


Context Propofol can cause acute pancreatitis related to hypertriglyceridemia, however, other mechanisms may also exist. Case report A 71-year-old male on propofol infusion in the intensive care setting, developed acute pancreatitis as confirmed biochemically and by imaging. He did not have any elevation of triglycerides and on propofol re-challenge, had recurrence of pancreatitis with the absence of triglyceride elevation. Conclusion We report a case of hypertriglyceridemia independent propofol induced pancreatitis possibly related to an idiosyncratic reaction and propose that this drug to be reassigned as a class Ia drug as an etiologic factor for acute pancreatitis.

Image: Edematous acute pancreatitis.


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Edematous acute pancreatitis
How to Cite
MunirajT., & AslanianH. (2012). Hypertriglyceridemia Independent Propofol-Induced Pancreatitis. JOP. Journal of the Pancreas, 13(4), 451-453. https://doi.org/10.6092/1590-8577/822