• 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 swelling (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.

    References

    Hypercholesterolemia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated September 9, 2012. Accessed September 12, 2012.

    Symptoms, diagnosis, and monitoring of high cholesterol. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/SymptomsDiagnosisMonitoringofHighCholesterol/Symptoms-Diagnosis-and-Monitoring-of-High-Cholesterol%5FUCM%5F001214%5FArticle.jsp . Accessed September 12, 2012.

    What is cholesterol? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbc/ . Accessed September 12, 2012.

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