Xanthomatosis

Forehead of patient showing xanthomatosis lumps

Xanthomatosis is a complication of excess cholesterol in the blood that settles in the skin. Small, fatty, yellow lumps appear that are almost on top of the skin.

Xanthomatosis most commonly develop around the eyes, on the knees, elbows and buttocks. Diet and medication can lower blood cholesterol levels, but skin lumps must be destroyed by cautery (burning) or removed surgically as they persist after cholesterol levels are controlled.

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