Lipid disorders usually do not cause symptoms.

In extreme cases, the following signs or symptoms may be found by history or physical exam:

  • Fatty deposits in the skin or tendons caused by very high levels of lipids in the blood
  • Pain, enlargement, or swelling (inflammation) of abdominal organs such as the liver, spleen, or pancreas due to extremely high levels of triglycerides in the blood
  • Changes in the blood vessels of the eye, caused by elevated lipids