unexplained, significant drop in triglycerides...any ideas?

  1. Does anyone have any idea what a drop in triglycerides from 240-something down to 70-something over an 8 month time period with absolutely no lifestyle changes could indicate? The patient is a 39 year-old white female. She is about 5'3 and weighs about 115. She has gained about 10 lbs since January as well, and she does not exercise regularly. Any ideas???
    Last edit by nicuRN2007 on Sep 30, '05
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  3. by   Jolie
    Could this possibly be a lab error? Have results been re-checked?

    I would be concerned with an unexplained 10lb weight gain in a relatively short period of time. Has that been investigated?
  4. by   Indy
    I agree, redo the lab work. And if you have a cbc and chemistry results to reference from before, look for elecrolyte changes and hemaglobin/hematocrit changes.

    Is she diabetic? Is she on Lipitor and didn't tell ya? I suspect an adkins dieter who isn't being up front about it. What's her BUN/Creatinine? Lung sounds?