Everolimus causing severe hypertriglyceridemia and acute pancreatitis

From aStanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, California, and bChao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Irvine, California.
Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN (Impact Factor: 4.18). 01/2013; 11(1):5-9.
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Everolimus is an mTOR inhibitor commonly used to treat metastatic pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs) and renal cell carcinoma, and for posttransplant immunosuppression. This report presents a case of a 36-year-old man being treated with everolimus for a metastatic pNET who developed severe hypertriglyceridemia and acute pancreatitis. The incidence of hypertriglyceridemia reported in large prospective randomized trials is reviewed and the management of hypertriglyceridemic pancreatitis is discussed. Careful monitoring of triglyceride levels and dose adjustments of everolimus together with lipid-lowering therapy can allow patients to continue this medication. Because there are increasing indications for the use of everolimus, prescribing oncologists must be cognizant of the common and serious side effects.

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