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Xanthelasma and Xanthoma
Alternative namesSkin growths - fatty
Xanthelasma and Xanthoma are skin conditions with fat beneath the surface of the skin.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Xanthomas are common skin disorders, particularly among older adults and persons with elevated blood lipids (fat levels).
Xanthelasma palpebra is a common type of xanthoma that appears on the eyelids.
Signs and testsThe diagnosis is primarily on how the skin growth looks, especially if there is a history of an underlying disorder. A biopsy of the growth will show a fatty deposit.
TreatmentThe goal of treatment is to control underlying disorders to reduce the development of xanthelasmas and xanthomas. The growths can be surgically removed if they become bothersome, but they may reappear.
Expectations (prognosis)Xanthelasmas and xanthomas are painless and benign . They may indicate underlying disorders. They may be cosmetically disfiguring.
ComplicationsPsychological distress from cosmetic changes is the main complication.
Calling your health care providerCall your health care provider if xanthomas develop. They may indicate an underlying disorder that needs treatment.
PreventionControl of blood lipids, including triglycerides and cholesterol levels, may help to reduce development of xanthelasmas and xanthomas. Control of underlying disorders will help reduce development.
Update Date: 10/27/2003Jeffrey Drayer, M.D., Dermatologist, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT