Palmar erythema

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Cafer Zorkun, M.D., Ph.D. [2] Luke Rusowicz-Orazem, B.S.


Palmar erythema is reddening of the palms at the thenar and hypothenar eminences. It is associated with various physiological as well as pathological changes, the principal one of which is portal hypertension. It is also seen in patients with liver dysfunction.


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Common Causes

Causes by Organ System

Cardiovascular Deep telangiectasias, Hepatopulmonary hypertension, Kawasaki disease, Portal hypertension
Chemical/Poisoning Poisoning
Dental No underlying causes
Dermatologic Eczema , Palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia, Psoriasis
Drug Side Effect Axitinib, Cabozantinib, Capecitabine, Cytosine arabinoside, Dabrafenib, Docetaxel, Doxorubicin, Everolimus, Floxuridine, Fluorouracil, Hydroxycarbamide, Idarubicin, Ixabepilone, Lapatinib ditosylate, Lenvatinib, Necitumumab, Pazopanib, Regorafenib, Sorafenib, Tegafur, Trametinib
Ear Nose Throat No underlying causes
Endocrine Hyperoestrogenic states, Hyperthyroidism, Thyrotoxicosis
Environmental No underlying causes
Gastroenterologic Chronic liver disease , Hepatic failure, Hepatopulmonary hypertension, Wilson disease
Genetic Wilson disease
Hematologic Polycythemia
Iatrogenic No underlying causes
Infectious Disease Coxsackievirus a infection , Rocky mountain spotted fever, Secondary syphilis
Musculoskeletal/Orthopedic No underlying causes
Neurologic Wilson disease
Nutritional/Metabolic No underlying causes
Obstetric/Gynecologic Pregnancy
Oncologic Palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia
Ophthalmologic No underlying causes
Overdose/Toxicity No underlying causes
Psychiatric No underlying causes
Pulmonary No underlying causes
Renal/Electrolyte No underlying causes
Rheumatology/Immunology/Allergy Kawasaki disease, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid arthritis , Rheumatoid disease
Sexual Congenital syphilis, Secondary syphilis
Trauma No underlying causes
Urologic No underlying causes
Miscellaneous No underlying causes

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