BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-221543
  • Reminder of important clinical lesson

Acute pancreatitis with eruptive xanthoma

  1. Huseyin Serhat Inaloz1
  1. 1Department of Dermatology, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey
  2. 2Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey
  3. 3Department of Pathology, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Zeynel Abidin Sayiner, zeynelasayiner{at}
  • Accepted 28 September 2017
  • Published 9 October 2017


Eruptive xanthomas are benign skin lesions caused by localised deposition of lipids in the dermis. Xanthomas can present as early manifestations of systemic disorders, which are typically caused by elevated levels of serum triglycerides and uncontrolled diabetes. Early recognition and treatment of the underlying condition decreases morbidity and mortality. After treatment of the underlying metabolic disorders, lesions mostly disappear without leaving scars. We present a case with multiple yellowish, erythematous papules on the extremities suggestive of eruptive xanthomas admitted to our hospital with acute pancreatitis.


  • Contributors SD planned the article and wrote the case. ZAS and HSI read and made the changes about the literature. SE examined the pathology specimens.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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