Hypertriglyceridaemia-induced pancreatitis: a contributory role of capecitabine?

  title={Hypertriglyceridaemia-induced pancreatitis: a contributory role of capecitabine?},
  author={H Y Chan and Chiu-ming Ng and S C Tiu and Angel O K Chan and Chi Chung Shek},
  journal={Hong Kong medical journal = Xianggang yi xue za zhi},
  volume={18 6},
Capecitabine is an orally administered pro-drug of 5-fluorouracil that confers superior disease-free survival and presumably has a more favourable side-effect profile. Here we report on a patient who developed acute necrotising pancreatitis and very high triglyceride levels as well as hand-foot syndrome after receiving capecitabine for colonic cancer. Increased awareness of this potential side-effect and close monitoring of lipid levels may be warranted, especially in patients who have other… CONTINUE READING


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