Xanthelasma and Xanthoma
Pronounced: Zan-tha-las-ma; zan-tho-muhEn Español (Spanish Version)
Xanthoma is a condition in which fatty deposits form beneath the skin. They range from very small to up to 3 inches in size. Xanthomas are not painful or dangerous, but can be cosmetically disfiguring. Xanthomas may appear anywhere on the body, but are most frequently found on the elbows, joints, tendons, knees, hands, feet, and buttocks.
Xanthelasma is a form of xanthoma that appears on the eyelids.
Xanthoma is typically caused by:
- Elevated levels of fats in the blood
- Metabolic disorders including:
Although xanthelasma may be associated with high triglyceride and cholesterol levels, it can occur without cholesterol problems.
Last reviewedJune 2014by Fabienne Daguilh, MD
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