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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.

References:

Hypercholesterolemia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated November 20, 2013. Accessed January 13, 2014.

Hypertriglyceridemia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated November 20, 2013. Accessed January 13, 2014.

Symptoms, diagnosis, and monitoring of high cholesterol. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/SymptomsDiagnosisMonitoringofHighCholesterol/Symptoms-Diagnosis-Monitoring-of-High-Cholesterol_UCM_001214_Article.jsp. Updated May 1, 2013. Accessed January 13, 2014.

What are the signs and symptoms of high blood cholesterol? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbc/signs.html. Updated September 19, 2012. Accessed January 13, 2014.



Last reviewed December 2013 by Mike Woods, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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