The Familial Hyperlipoproteinemias
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In this review, we will discuss a group of inheritable diseases that are characterized by abnormal increases in the plasma concentrations of certain lipids. These diseases are congenital and represent a defect in lipid or lipoprotein metabolism. The genetic name given to these disorders is, "The Familial Hyperlipoproteinemias". In most cases, atherosclerosis characterize these diseases and premature death is common.