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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 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: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. 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_UCM_001214_Article.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.

Last reviewed October 2012 by Brian Randall, MD

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