Lipid disorders usually do not cause symptoms.
In extreme cases, the following signs or symptoms may be found by 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, spleen, or pancreas due to extremely high levels of triglycerides in the blood
- Changes in the blood vessels of the eye, caused by elevated lipids
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