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Updated June 11, 2014

Definition: Hypolipidemia is a condition where cholesterol levels are too low in the body. Typically, no symptoms are associated with low cholesterol levels. So this finding is usually discovered during a routine cholesterol screening.

An individual is considered to have hypolipidemia if his total cholesterol levels are below 120 mg/dL and LDL cholesterol levels (also known as your “bad” cholesterol) below 50 mg/dL without the use of cholesterol-lowering medications. There are many causes of low cholesterol levels, including certain heath conditions and inherited conditions.


The Merck Manual of Diagnosis of Therapy, 18th edition. 2006.

Also Known As: low cholesterol

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