At what triglyceride level is treatment to prevent acute pancreatitis required?

Updated: Jul 23, 2021
  • Author: Mary Ellen T Sweeney, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III) guidelines indicate that triglycerides are so labile that a level between 500 and 1000 mg/dL may in certain settings increase dramatically and should be a target of treatment even before ensuring that the LDL goal is reached. [14] Thus, these guidelines stipulate that if triglycerides are 500 mg/dL or greater, the initial management should be to lower the triglycerides to prevent pancreatitis. Only when the triglyceride level is below 500 should LDL-lowering be addressed.


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