An uncommon cause of chest pain: Hypertriglyceridemia induced acute oancreatitis

Brian Fasolka, Leon Chen

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Chest pain is a common and high-risk chief complaint in the emergency department. There is an array of cardiac and non–cardiac-related conditions that could lead to this symptom. It is impor- tant for the clinician to have a broad perspective when treating patients complaining of chest pain so that dangerous and potentially life-threatening conditions are not overlooked. Here, we present one such cause of chest pain that can be detrimental if the clinician fails to correctly identify the underlying condition. A brief review of hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis is pro- vided, and challenges faced by the treatment team are discussed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
JournalCritical Care Nursing Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • Insulin infusion
  • Lipemia


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