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Updated: Sep 17 2019

Hyperlipidemia Signs

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    • A 54-year-old man presents to his primary care physician for a wellness visit. He reports to currently feeling well and has no acute complaints. Medical history is significant for 2 prior myocardial infarctions, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and hypercholesterolemia. Physical examination is notable for corneal lipid deposits in the peripheral corneal stroma. (Corneal arcus)
  • Introduction
      • Hyperlipidemia Signs
      • Category
      • Definition
      • Atheromas
      • Also known as an atheromatous plaque or atherosclerotic plaque
      • A raised intimal lesion that has a lipid core surrounded by a fibrous cap
      • A skin lesion that contains lipid-laden histiocytes
        • when it affects the eyelids it is termed xanthelasma
      • Tendinous xanthoma
      • Lipid deposits affecting the tendons (e.g.,Achilles)
      • Corneal arcus
      • Corneal lipid deposits seen in theelderly (commonly)hypercholesterolemia in the young
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