How is recurrent pancreatitis secondary to hypertriglyceridemia (high triglyceride levels) prevented?

Updated: Dec 19, 2019
  • Author: Mary Ellen T Sweeney, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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The risk of recurrent pancreatitis secondary to hypertriglyceridemia can be avoided entirely by ensuring that levels are maintained well below 700 mg/dL. Because triglyceride levels are so labile, simply moderating levels to less than 1000 mg/dL does not decrease risk substantially, because the slightest metabolic imbalance or dietary indiscretion may push levels several hundred points higher.


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