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I am getting yellowish upper eyelids. I am 54 years old. I

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I am getting yellowish upper eyelids. I am 54 years old. I have crohns disease and had 2 episodes of Vasculitis, but they were unable to determine which type. I feel fine now so I don't think it is those conditions.
JA: How long have you been dealing with this? Is your eyelid swollen at all?
Customer: about a month. My eyelids are not swollen and there is no pain.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I take metoprolol 25 for palpitations I was having. They are thinking of taking me off of it because the palpitations have been gone for some time now.
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 4 months ago.


I'm DR Chaithanya attending yu

Yellowish eyelids when localized can be due a developing chalazion or stye

If it is diffuse discoloration or yellow marks, commonly termed as Xanthelasma

This is usually linked to developing heart disease and is usually soft cholesterol deposits

So get cholesterol levels checked along with a complete heart examination, ECG, Echo, TMT test

I also want you to get liver and kidney tests done.

Hope this helps

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Expert:  Nadim Al-Mubarak replied 4 months ago.


  • You have history of vasculitis and this is likely to be related to the same process
  • This could be normo-lipidaemic xanthelasma, commonly seen in Wegener's granulomatosis or lupus, both are associated with vasculitis
  • They could also be part of familial hypercholesterolemia, in which case you will need a full lipid profile, not necessary extensive heart testing
  • I would advise you to get checked out by the doctor who treated your vasculitis who should also consider lipid testing

Let me know if you have any further questions. Best wishes

Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 4 months ago.

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