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Xanthelasma and Xanthoma

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by Kohnle D
 

Causes

Xanthoma is typically caused by:
Although xanthelasma may be associated with high triglyceride and cholesterol levels, it can occur without cholesterol problems.
 

Diagnosis

Skin Biopsy
Skin proceedure
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A blood lipid profile and other tests may be done to determine the underlying condition responsible for the appearance of xanthomas.
 

RESOURCES

American Academy of Dermatology
http://www.aad.org

Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
http://familydoctor.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

HealthLinkBC
http://www.healthlinkbc.ca

Canadian Dermatology Association
http://www.dermatology.ca

 

References


Feingold K, Castro G, et al. Cutaneous xanthoma in association with paraproteinemia in the absence of hyperlipidemia. J Clin Invest. 1989 Mar;83(3):796-802.


Xanthoma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated September 22, 2011. Accessed August 27, 2014.


Xanthomas. DermNet NZ website. Available at: http://www.dermnetnz.org/dermal-infiltrative/xanthoma.html. Updated May 18, 2014. Accessed August 27, 2014.

 

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