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Dyslipidaemia

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Last amended 
2 June 2015

Cerebral ischaemia - Dyslipidaemia Factor

General information about dyslipidaemia

Lipids are naturally occurring substances consisting of fatty acids.  The term dyslipidaemia describes the presence of abnormal lipid levels.  Hyperlipidaemia, hypertriglyceridaemia and hypercholesterolaemia are forms of dyslipidaemia.

Signs and symptoms

Dyslipidaemia does not usually cause any symptoms although unsightly xanthomas (fatty fibrous changes in the skin associated with the formation of yellow or yellowish-brown plaques, nodules or tumours) are sometimes a feature of some lipid disorders.  However, the presence of dyslipidaemia as defined by the RMA can be established only by laboratory analysis of a blood sample (usually after fasting).

Establishing onset

Only a blood test can establish the onset of dyslipidaemia and the result of such a test would normally be recorded in doctors' notes and/or hospital records.  However, if these records have been destroyed or can no longer be obtained and there is a reliable history of dyslipidaemia at a particular time, this generally will be accepted, unless there is contradictory evidence.  Obtain medical advice if it is unclear whether the claimed symptoms and treatment at that time can be attributed to dyslipidaemia rather than to some other condition.

Last reviewed for CCPS 24 May 2007.

Preliminary questions [12580]

36315 there is some evidence that dyslipidaemia may be a factor in the development of the condition under consideration.

7927   the veteran has had dyslipidaemia at some time.

37184 the veteran had the dyslipidaemia before the clinical onset of the condition under consideration, a cerebrovascular accident.

12685  the veteran has established the causal connection between the dyslipidaemia and VEA service for the clinical onset of cerebrovascular accident.

12686   the veteran has established the causal connection between the dyslipidaemia and operational service for the clinical onset of cerebrovascular accident.

or

12687   the veteran has established the causal connection between the dyslipidaemia and eligible service for the clinical onset of cerebrovascular accident.

Clinical onset and operational service [12686]

25967  the dyslipidaemia is causally related to operational service.

Clinical onset and eligible service [12687]

25968  the dyslipidaemia is causally related to eligible service.