Xanthelasma Palpebrarum: More than Meets the Eye

  • Shailesh KhodeEmail author
  • Soon Heng Terry Tan
  • En-Pei Amanda Tan
  • Sandeep Uppal
Original Article


Xanthelasma palpebrarum (XP) is the most common form of cutaneous xanthomata, and is important aesthetically, because of its close relation to the eyes, as well as medically for its association with cardiovascular disease (CVD). To provide avant-garde review discussing the various aspects of XP, including its aetio-pathogenesis and various treatment modalities. A structured Pubmed and Medline were searched for relevant articles. The finding of recent research has strongly espoused the link between XP and CVD, and mechanisms have been suggested for its formation. The new technologies have led to a multitude of treatment options for XP. XP is a multi-faceted entity; other than simple treatment of the cosmetic aspect of the disease, one must be cognizant of its cardiovascular implications.


Xanthelasma palpebrarum Lipid Cardiovascular disease Tri-chloroacetic acid Laser Blepharoplasty 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck SurgeryKhoo Teck Puat HospitalYishunSingapore

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