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Authors

  1. Fasolka, Brian J. PhD, RN, CEN
  2. Chen, Leon L. DNP, AGACNP-BC, FCCP, FAANP

Abstract

Chest pain is a common and high-risk chief complaint in the emergency department. There is an array of cardiac and non-cardiac-related conditions that could lead to this symptom. It is important for the clinician to have a broad perspective when treating patients complaining of chest pain so that dangerous and potentially life-threatening conditions are not overlooked. Here, we present one such cause of chest pain that can be detrimental if the clinician fails to correctly identify the underlying condition. A brief review of hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis is provided, and challenges faced by the treatment team are discussed.