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Elevated Triglycerides and Pancreatitis

Oct 18, 2000

How high do your triglycerides have to be before you can become at risk for pancreatitis and at what point should you start lipid lowering medications?

Response from Dr. Boyle

A significant risk for pancreatitis occurs when the triglycerides are greater than 2,000 mg/dl, but it is possible that someone with lower levels may be at risk if they are also taking medications that can cause pancreatitis. The decision to use lipid lowering agents is individualized. First, diet and exercise should be tried. If this is unsuccessful, and the triglycerides remain elevated (>200 mg/dl), consideration should be given to lipid lowering agents. BB

Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

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