Xanthoma: Risk Factors, Diagnosis & Treatments
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What causes xanthoma? 8 possible conditions

Xanthoma is also called xanthelasma or described as fatty skin growths. It results when certain fats accumulate under the skin. These growths can appear anywhere, but typically develop on the joints (especially the knees and elbows), feet, hands, and... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

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Hyperlipidemia

Cholesterol is a natural substance, but too much of it can clog blood vessels and lead to heart attack or stroke. High cholesterol levels can also cause yellow deposits in the eyes or in tendons.

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2

Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Learn how familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a genetic disorder characterized by high levels of cholesterol.

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3

Hyperlipoproteinemia

Hyperlipoproteinemia is a common disorder that results in high levels of lipids circulating in the blood. This can cause pancreatitis, abdominal pain, enlarged liver and other symptoms.

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4

Hyperlipoproteinemia Type IV

Hyperlipoproteinemia type IV leads to higher-than-normal triglyceride level due to a genetic defect. This may cause atherosclerosis and increase risk for certain heart conditions, including coronary artery disease.

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5

Familial Combined Hyperlipidemia

Familial combined hyperlipidemia is an inherited disorder that causes high cholesterol and high levels of triglycerides. Some individuals have no physical symptoms from the disease. For others, it may cause chest pain.

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6

Diabetes Overview

Diabetes is a group of chronic metabolic diseases caused by defects in insulin production or function. Advanced diabetes may cause stomach pain, nausea, dizziness, and cramps.

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7

Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland produces a hormone that controls how your cells use energy (metabolize). Hypothyroidism occurs when the body doesn't produce enough. Untreated, it can cause complications like obesity and heart disease.

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Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is swelling of the pancreas and causes abdominal tenderness and pain. Treatment will depend on whether your pancreatitis is acute or chronic.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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