Transient hypertriglyceridemia of infancy

A Nilsson, E Ortqvist, H Lagercrantz, Peter Nilsson-Ehle, J I Henter

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A premature boy who had suffered from IRDS, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and retinopathy of prematurity developed massive hypertriglyceridemia (48.1 mmol/L) together with moderate hypercholesterolemia (12.6 mmol/L) at 5 months of age. Lipoprotein electrophoresis revealed a marked elevation of the level of the very low density lipoprotein fraction. There was a moderate decrease in the activity of a lipolytic enzyme, lipoprotein lipase (LPL). The child had neither liver or renal disorder nor any inflammatory disease. The hyperlipidemia disappeared spontaneously at the age of 3 years. The cause of the decreased LPL activity could not be established. A partial genetic deficiency in lipoprotein lipase appears the most likely explanation, since no signs of secondary lowering of LPL activity could be found.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1508-1510
JournalActa Pædiatrica
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1996

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Pediatrics

Free keywords

  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • infancy
  • lipoprotein lipase


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