General Information
Xanthelasma is a rare condition characterized by soft yellow plaques involving the eyelids of patients. Fifty percent of patients seen with the disorder have high amounts of lipids in their blood. Females seem to develop the condition more frequently then males. The elevated plaques have well-defined borders and can range anywhere from 2-30 mm. Xanthelasma affect one or both upper and lower eyelids, especially near the nose. The condition is asymptomatic; aesthetics being the patients’ highest concern. Healthcare providers will suggest dietary restrictions and prescribe medication for the patients overall health, but that only shows limited response in treatment of xanthelasma. Treatment options to remove the plaques include cryotherapy, surgical excision, laser treatment, acetic acid solutions to dissolve plaque or electrodesiccation. The treatments may cause minor scarring and does not prevent new lesions from forming.

Rare; Accounting for 32% in women and 17.4% in men in the United States

Elevated plasma lipid levels

Localized collection of tissue histiocytes or macrophages containing lipid

Soft yellow plaques over eyelids

Foamy histiocytes laden with intracellular fat deposits

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