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15 April 2024 : Case report  USA

Complicated Treatment Course of Severe Asymptomatic Hypertriglyceridemia: A Case Report and Literature Review

Unusual clinical course, Challenging differential diagnosis, Unusual or unexpected effect of treatment, Diagnostic / therapeutic accidents, Adverse events of drug therapy, Educational Purpose (only if useful for a systematic review or synthesis)

Ahmad Wasfi Haddad ORCID logo1ABCDEFG*, Mohammad N. Kloub1ABDEF, Wassim Abouzeid1ABCDE, Muhammad Hussain2ADE, Deema Haddad3DEF, Atheer Anwar4BDE, Qusai Al-maharmeh1BE

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.943858

Am J Case Rep 2024; 25:e943858



BACKGROUND: Close observation, statins, fibrate treatment, and lifestyle changes can safely manage asymptomatic individuals with severe hypertriglyceridemia (HTG) and minimal risk of symptom development. However, the risk of medication-induced liver injury in patients taking statin-fibrate makes management more challenging, and may require hospital admission and close monitoring with follow-up.

CASE REPORT: We present a rare case of a 43-year-old man with asymptomatic severe HTG exceeding 11.370 mg/dL with mixed hyperlipidemia, managed initially with high-intensity statins and fibrate. However, due to the concurrent use of statin and fibrates, the patient subsequently developed an acute liver injury. Hence, the oral medications had to be stopped, and the patient was admitted to the hospital for an insulin drip. Even during the hospital course, the patient’s triglyceride (TG) levels showed resistance to the recommended dose of insulin and he required a higher insulin dose. He was discharged on fenofibrate and subcutaneous insulin to keep the TG level under 500. Fibrate was stopped, and high-intensity statin was used as primary prevention with lifestyle modifications.

CONCLUSIONS: This instance highlights the necessity of increased cognizance and cooperative endeavors in handling severe asymptomatic HTG. Our results highlight the significance of further research into the management of severe asymptomatic HTG in cases of injury to the liver. This work adds essential knowledge to the ongoing discussion about managing a rare case complicated by acute liver injury.

Keywords: Chemical and Drug Induced Liver Injury, Cholesterol, LDL, Hypertriglyceridemia

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American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923
American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923