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October 3, 1914

AN EXPLANATION OF LIPEMIA

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(14):1208-1209. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570140062024
Abstract

The occurrence of fats or lipoid substances in the blood to a degree which renders the serum more distinctly cloudy or milky than usual may have either a normal or a pathologic import. The various manifestations of lipemia cannot at present be interpreted or explained on a single basis applicable to all the known instances. After a meal rich in fat, when the thoracic duct is pouring a creamy chyle into the blood-stream, the serum may give evidence of a very pronounced lipemia because the fats are being contributed to the circulation more rapidly than they can be withdrawn from it into the storage depots. A temporary accumulation in the blood thus takes place. This is not observed in all individuals alike, however; for there are species, like the rabbit, in which a physiologic lipemia of dietary origin rarely if ever takes place. In health the disposal of the fat

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