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World Journal of Emergency Medicine ›› 2013, Vol. 4 ›› Issue (4): 311-313.doi: 10.5847/wjem.j.issn.1920-8642.2013.04.013

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Acute hyperlipidemic pancreatitis in a pregnant woman

Ying Hang, Yi Chen, Li-xiong Lu, Chang-qing Zhu()   

  1. Emergency Department, Renji Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200127, China
  • Received:2013-05-11 Accepted:2013-09-20 Online:2013-12-15 Published:2013-12-15
  • Contact: Chang-qing Zhu


BACKGROUND: Acute pancreatitis is a serious complication during pregnancy, however the incidence of hyperlipidemia induced by pancreatitis is lower.
METHODS: We treated a pregnant woman with hypertriglyceridemia-associated acute gestational pancreatitis who simultaneously developed hypoxemic acute respiratory failure (ARF).
RESULTS: The woman was successfully treated through noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV), emergent caesarean delivery, drainage of chylous ascites, and peritoneal lavage.
CONCLUSION: The signs and symptoms of ARF were greatly improved in this patient after NPPV and conventional therapies. Early NPPV may be related to good prognosis of the disease.

Key words: Hyperlipidemia, Pancreatitis, Pregnancy