n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Physical signs in dyslipidaemia : more about... dyslipidaemia

Volume 27, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Examining patients with dyslipidaemia may be useful in several ways. Some physical signs alert the examiner to the presence of a disturbance in lipoprotein metabolism and should prompt laboratory testing. In other patients dyslipidaemia may already have been documented in the laboratory and the physical examination is directed at finding physical signs that help clarify the nature and aetiology of the lipid disorder. A careful physical examination, especially of the cardiovascular system, may also reveal evidence of as yet unrecognised atherosclerotic complications and indicate the need for lipid-lowering treatment irrespective of the severity of dyslipidaemia.

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