Plasmapheresis for recurrent acute pancreatitis from hypertriglyceridemia.

We describe a 38-year-old obese Hispanic woman with a previous history of acute pancreatitis from diabetic hypertriglyceridemia who presented to the emergency department with a 2-day history of worsening abdominal pain. Plasmapheresis was initiated with one calculated plasma volume exchange using 5% albumin replacement within 24 hours of admission. Following this treatment, the triglyceride level fell 74%. Another session was performed the following day. The final triglyceride level represented a 93% reduction. This case is novel in that the patient presented twice within the same year with hypertriglyceridemic pancreatitis and responded well to prompt plasmapheresis therapy. PMID: 28670087 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent) Source Type: research

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