A 40-year-old male with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia was resistant to combined drug treatment with cholestyramine and nicotinic acid in adequate doses. He had angina pectoris and evidence of three vessel disease in the coronary angiogram. Repeated plasma exchange at intervals of 1-3 weeks simultaneously with combined drug treatment decreased the plasma cholesterol levels by nearly 40%. There were also signs of regression of xanthomata and some improvement of his angina pectoris. No progression of atherosclerosis was seen angiographically after two years of treatment. Plasma exchange may be a therapeutic alternative in drug-resistant familial hypercholesterolaemia.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Acta Medica Scandinavica|
|State||Published - 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine