The effectiveness and safety of local bichloroacetic acid in the treatment of xanthelasma palpebrarum

Se Yeong Jeong, Jae Bin Shin, Soo Hong Seo, Sang Wook Son, Il Hwan Kim

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Background: Xanthelasma palpebrarum is the most common type of xanthoma. Due to its delicate location near the eye, treatment of xanthelasma palpebrarum is rather difficult. The treatment includes surgical excision, local treatment with chemicals, and various laser therapies. Objective: This study was designed to review the various therapeutic modalities and to evaluate the efficacy and safety of bichloroacetic acid (BCA) for the treatment of xanthelasma palpebrarum. Methods: Nine patients, with a total of 19 xanthelasma lesions, were treated with BCA. The efficacy and safety were assessed over a follow-up period of 6 to 24 months (average, 16 months). Results: All lesions were grossly removed completely with u single treatment and the treatment was well-tolerated by patients. Erythema and oozing were observed in six patients but improved after two weeks' dressing. Xanthelasma palpebrarum recurred in three patients, but the mean size of the recurred lesions was smaller in comparison to the primary lesion. Conclusion: BCA is an effective and safe therapeutic modality for xanthelasma palpebrarum. Advantages include simplicity, cost-effectiveness, speed, safety and efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-353
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Journal of Dermatology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr


  • Bichloroacetic acid
  • Xanthelasma palpebrarum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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