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Obstetrics and Gynecology International
Volume 2009, Article ID 383942, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2009/383942
Case Report

Severe Hyperlipidemia Induced Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis during Pregnancy

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ 07712, USA

Received 18 September 2008; Accepted 5 November 2008

Academic Editor: John C. Morrison

Copyright © 2009 Karen L. Koscica 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.

Abstract

Background. We report a case of familial hyperlipidemia in pregnancy that resulted in hemorrhagic pancreatitis. Case. A patient at 27-week gestation was admitted for recurrent pancreatitis secondary to severe hyperlipidemia. With conservative care, the patient improved but on the fourth day of admission she experienced a sudden onset of hypotension and was diagnosed with hemorrhagic pancreatitis. Conclusion. Pancreatitis caused by hyperlipidemia is an uncommon event during pregnancy. A familiarity with the severe complications associated with this potentially life-threatening condition is important.