Estrogen-related pancreatitis in the setting of normal plasma lipids: case report

Menopause. Jan-Feb 2003;10(1):99-101. doi: 10.1097/00042192-200310010-00015.


A case of recurrent acute pancreatitis occurring in conjunction with intermittently used estrogen therapy over 7 years is presented. Estrogens have been associated with pancreatitis in the past, and a causal link involving elevated plasma triglyceride levels has usually been assumed. The current case is distinct in that the plasma lipids of this patient have always been normal, suggesting that a different mechanism must be responsible for the onset of pancreatitis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / etiology
  • Acute Disease
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Estradiol / adverse effects*
  • Estrogen Replacement Therapy / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pancreatitis / chemically induced
  • Pancreatitis / complications
  • Pancreatitis / diagnosis*
  • Pancreatitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Triglycerides / blood


  • Triglycerides
  • Estradiol