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[Plasmaferesis for the treatment of acute pancreatitis related to extreme hypertriglyceridemia]


MAY 20, 2017

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2017;27(04-05)

[We present the case of a 43-year-od wo­man, with pancreatitis related to extreme - higher than 100 mmol/L - secondary hy­pertriglyceridemia. Fast clinical improvement and rapid regression of pancreatitis were achieved by appropriate therapy of pancreatitis, the diabetic metabolic disturbance, correcting microcirculation and treating hypertriglyceridemia with plasmapheresis. The authors underline, that the complex therapeutic approach and early plasmapheresis in pancreatitis related to hypertriglyceridemia may prevent necrosis and more severe, even fatal, outcome of the disease. ]



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