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Symptoms of Lipid Disorders

Lipid disorders usually do not cause symptoms.

In extreme cases, the following signs or symptoms may be found by medical history or physical exam:

  • Fatty deposits in the skin or tendons caused by very high levels of lipids in the blood
  • Pain, enlargement, or inflammation of abdominal organs such as the liver or pancreas due to extremely high levels of triglycerides in the blood
  • Changes in the blood vessels of the eye caused by elevated lipids
  • Cholesterol deposits around the cornea of the eye.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: Mike Woods, MD
  • Review Date: 12/2013 -
  • Update Date: 01/09/2014 -
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  • Hypertriglyceridemia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated November 20, 2013. Accessed January 13, 2014.

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