Tuberous xanthoma in Adult
Tuberous xanthomas are most commonly associated with an underlying primary lipoprotein disorder. Familial dysbetalipoproteinemia (FD) or familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) are autosomal dominant inherited disorders, and 80% of patients with FD have tuberous / tuberoeruptive xanthomas, making these the most common cutaneous presentations of FD. Heterozygous cases of FH occur in 1 of every 500 people worldwide, whereas homozygous cases occur in 1 of every million people worldwide. Many treatment options exist for heterozygotes, while heroic interventions are necessary for homozygotes. Sitosterolemia, an autosomal recessive disorder due to increased intestinal absorption and decreased biliary excretion of plant sterols, can also present with tuberous xanthomas. Normolipemic tuberous xanthomas have occasionally been reported in patients with normal lipid levels and no family history of a lipid disorder.
Secondary causes of tuberous xanthomas may include chronic medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, cholestatic liver disease, and diabetes mellitus or medications such as estrogens or protease inhibitors.
Tuberous xanthomas frequently coexist with eruptive xanthomas, which appear as smaller but similar papules.
Pediatric patient considerations: Children are not affected by tuberous xanthomas unless they have the rare homozygous form of FH.
E78.2 – Mixed hyperlipidemia
238954002 – Tuberous xanthoma
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