Dyslipidemia in the critically ill

Crit Care Clin. 2006 Jan;22(1):151-9, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2005.08.008.


Total and HDL cholesterol levels fall at the onset of acute illness and the cholesterol levels normalize as the patient recovers. Hypocholesterolemia may predispose the critically ill patient to sepsis and adrenal failure. Early enteral nutrition and tight glycemic control accelerate the recovery of the cholesterol levels.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Illness*
  • Dyslipidemias / etiology
  • Dyslipidemias / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Stress, Physiological / complications
  • Stress, Physiological / physiopathology*