oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Xanthoma tendinosum: The influence of anaemia on plasma cholesterol levels

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A young female with well-established xanthoma tendinosum presented with anaemia due to salicylate-induced gastrointestinal tract haemorrhage. Initially, the lipogram was normal, but pathological elevation of cholesterol followed correction of her anaemia. This phenomenon appears to have been well studied some 30 years ago, but, more recently, seems to have been less frequently recognised. The implication of this association in respect of the pathogenesis and management of patients with atherosclerosis is briefly discussed.

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