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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 627890, 5 pages
Case Report

Acute Pancreatitis Secondary to Gestational Hypertriglyceridaemia

Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4, Ireland

Received 14 April 2012; Revised 11 June 2012; Accepted 14 June 2012

Academic Editor: Tobias Keck

Copyright © 2012 Alexis M. Cahalane et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Gestational hypertriglyceridaemia is a rare cause of acute pancreatitis. Its pathophysiology is incompletely understood. Severity scoring and effective management remain challenging. We report a case of acute pancreatitis secondary to gestational hypertriglyceridaemia. We describe the use of computed tomography to provide an alternative determination of severity, as well as plasmapheresis as a means of treating the condition.