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What Causes High Triglycerides In Baby?

i have a two month old boy presented with respiratory distress with evidence of patchy opacity on right lung in middle. When electrolytes was suggested the pinkish color of the serum prompted the biochemist to check TG and it was 731 mg. The boy seems floppy but responding. Both parents were tested for lipid profile with normal distribution. What could be te cause for this high tg?
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Tue, 18 Apr 2017
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Hello and thanks for posting your question here.
The most probable cause of high TG levels in your baby seems congenital hypothyroidism so I would request you to visit pediatrician immediately and get his blood investigations done to confirm the diagnosis so that treatment could be started without any delay as hypothyroidism is known to have nervous sytem manifestations.
But other cause of high TG levels also need to be ruled out like
Familial hypertriglyceridemia which is a congenital condition due to the deficiency of an enzyme LIPOPROTEIN LIPASE which is required for the metabolism of the TG.
Now as you said that both parents have normal lipid profile, this could be because this disorder is autosomal recessive. So both the parents may be career for this disorder.
Having high TG levels is a risk factor for pancreatitis and vascular atherosclerosis that is deposition of lipids in the vessel walls of heart, CNS and other blood vessels.
SO it is very important to keep the TG levels within normal range once the cause is established.
I hope this would help you.
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What Causes High Triglycerides In Baby?

Hello and thanks for posting your question here. The most probable cause of high TG levels in your baby seems congenital hypothyroidism so I would request you to visit pediatrician immediately and get his blood investigations done to confirm the diagnosis so that treatment could be started without any delay as hypothyroidism is known to have nervous sytem manifestations. But other cause of high TG levels also need to be ruled out like Familial hypertriglyceridemia which is a congenital condition due to the deficiency of an enzyme LIPOPROTEIN LIPASE which is required for the metabolism of the TG. Now as you said that both parents have normal lipid profile, this could be because this disorder is autosomal recessive. So both the parents may be career for this disorder. Having high TG levels is a risk factor for pancreatitis and vascular atherosclerosis that is deposition of lipids in the vessel walls of heart, CNS and other blood vessels. SO it is very important to keep the TG levels within normal range once the cause is established. I hope this would help you.