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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Asplenic Patient/Pulmonary Hypertension
I am an asplenic patient and maybe at risk for Pulmonary Hypertension. Is it important to have a lipid panel? Should my cholesterol levels be of special concern because of my lack of a spleen. The Spleen was surgically removed because of a inflammatory sutotumor tumor.
There is no association between the cholesterol level and development of pulmonary hypertension. Your lipid panel should be checked as per the recommendation of your primary care physician.
Namita Sood, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University