A STUDY OF XANTHELASMA OF THE UPPER GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT

Dr. Ratnakar Kini, Dr. Allwin James

Abstract


Introduction Xanthelasma of gastrointestinal tract is an uncommon lesion which is diagnosed incidentally during endoscopy. This study was done
to see the clinical profile of Xanthelasma of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Methodology The study was conducted at Madras Medical College, Chennai between Jan 2016 to July 2017. Thirty five patients diagnosed with
xanthelasma in the upper gastrointestinal tract by endoscopy were analysed with respect to the associated endoscopy findings. All patients
underwent rapid urease test for Helicobacter Pylori infection. Results were analysed with SPSS 17 software.
Results Of the 11000 patients studied thirty five had xanthelasma. Stomach (92.3%) was the most common site. Five (14.2%) patients had upper GI
malignancies and two had non GI malignancies. Helicobacter Pylori infection was found in twenty one (70%) of the patients.
Conclusion Xanthelasma is an uncommon finding during endoscopy. The most common site is stomach. There is no significant correlation
between Xanthelasma and upper GI malignancies. There is increased prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in patients with xanthelasma of
gastrointestinal tract.


Keywords


Xanthelasma, Gastrointestinal Tract, Endoscopy, Helicobacter pylori

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