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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Ogheneochuko Ajari, MB.BS, MS [2]


Low chylomicron or hypochylomicronemia result commonly from genetic causes or acquired, by the use of dietary supplements such as fish oil or the intake of ketogenic diets. The causes generally are quite a few in number.


Life Threatening Causes

Life-threatening causes include conditions which may result in death or permanent disability within 24 hours if left untreated.

Hypochylomicronemia or low chylomicron does not have life-threatening causes.

Common Causes

Causes by Organ System

Cardiovascular No underlying causes
Chemical/Poisoning No underlying causes
Dental No underlying causes
Dermatologic No underlying causes
Drug Side Effect Fish oil, n-3 fatty acids
Ear Nose Throat No underlying causes
Endocrine No underlying causes
Environmental No underlying causes
Gastroenterologic Abetalipoproteinemia, Bassen-Kornzweig syndrome
Genetic Abetalipoproteinemia, apolipoprotein B-48 deficiency, Bassen-Kornzweig syndrome
Hematologic No underlying causes
Iatrogenic No underlying causes
Infectious Disease No underlying causes
Musculoskeletal/Orthopedic No underlying causes
Neurologic Abetalipoproteinemia, Bassen-Kornzweig syndrome
Nutritional/Metabolic Apolipoprotein B-48 deficiency, fish oil, ketogenic diet, n-3 fatty acids
Obstetric/Gynecologic No underlying causes
Oncologic No underlying causes
Ophthalmologic No underlying causes
Overdose/Toxicity No underlying causes
Psychiatric No underlying causes
Pulmonary No underlying causes
Renal/Electrolyte No underlying causes
Rheumatology/Immunology/Allergy No underlying causes
Sexual No underlying causes
Trauma No underlying causes
Urologic No underlying causes
Miscellaneous No underlying causes

Causes in Alphabetical Order


  1. Harris WS, Muzio F (1993). "Fish oil reduces postprandial triglyceride concentrations without accelerating lipid-emulsion removal rates". Am J Clin Nutr. 58 (1): 68–74. PMID 8317392.
  2. Harris WS, Hustvedt BE, Hagen E, Green MH, Lu G, Drevon CA (1997). "N-3 fatty acids and chylomicron metabolism in the rat". J Lipid Res. 38 (3): 503–15. PMID 9101431.

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