By, Michaela Cisowski
- Can range from very small to 3 inches in size
- Most commonly found on the eyelids
- Often symmetrical
- Can be found on all 4 eyelids
- Some spots are flat and others are thicker and raised
How it is Diagnosed
- Physical examination - can reveal yellowish plaque on the upper eyelids.
- Laboratory test - results from tests of cholesterol, triglyceride, and lipoproteins can be found high.
- High blood cholesterol levels
- Nephrotic syndrome - a disorder that damages the blood vessels in the kidneys
- Hematologic disease that affect the body’s ability to break down substances and to maintain important bodily functions, such as digestion of fats.
- Side effect of certain medications
- Surgical excision
- Laser therapy
- Electrocauterization - treatment with an electric needle
- Cryotherapy - Freezing off with intense cold
- Chemical peeling
- Dissolve the growth with medication
- Freeze off with intense cold
- Remove with a laser
- Remove off with surgery
- Treat with an electric needle
- Skin color changes
- Turning out of an eyelid.
- Growths can come back
- The condition alone is harmless.
- The prognosis depends on the association with underlying lipid abnormalities and cardiovascular risk.
- These lesions slowly progress and are permanent. (cosmetic problems)
- Usually won't go away on its own.
- The growths will either stay the same size or get bigger over time.
- Cosmetically unsightly and socially embarrassing.
- It is difficult to hide - location on the face.
- Negative impact on the quality of life and may have psychosocial impact.
- Diet change to lower cholesterol.
- Can raise a red flag for accelerated atheroslerosis and coronary artery disease.
For More Information Check Out:
This website will bring you to the Toronto Dermatology Center Website that provides information regarding this disorder as well as a walk through of a patient's experience and results from this skin disorder. The information is provided by Dr. Barnkin.
Visit this website:http://torontodermatologycentre.com/Xanthelasma/
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