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 can be more than three inches in size or very small. 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 reviewedAugust 2013by Ross Zeltser, MD, FAAD; Michael Woods, MD
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