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Hyperlipidaemias are defined by increased circulating concentrations of lipids and may be physiological or pathological (dyslipidaemias). Both physiological and pathological hyperlipaemias are associated with periods of negative energy balance, which precipitates lipolysis and mobilisation of fatty acid and glycerol energy reserves. When controlled, this lipolysis represents a normal physiological response and supports the animal until adequate ingestion and absorption of energy can resume. However, in some animals, particularly where certain predisposing factors are present, this lipolysis is uncontrolled and exaggerated, which may lead to increased morbidity and even death. The distinction between physiological and pathological lipolysis is important in terms of requirements for treatment/management and prognosis. An understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of lipolysis is important and will permit recognition of animals at risk of dyslipidaemias and instruct most effective methods of treatment and prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAustralian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Science Week 2012 -
Duration: 28 Jun 201230 Jun 2012


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Science Week 2012


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