Palmar erythema

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Palmar erythema
Classification and external resources
Specialty dermatology
ICD-10 L53.8 (ILDS L53.840)
ICD-9-CM 695.0
DiseasesDB 24070

Palmar erythema is reddening of the palms at the thenar and hypothenar eminences.[1]:139


It is associated with various physiological as well as pathological changes, or may be a normal finding:

Because circulating levels of estrogen increase in both cirrhosis and pregnancy, estrogen was thought to be the cause for the increased vascularity. More recently, nitric oxide has been implicated in the pathogenesis of palmar erythema.[citation needed]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ James, William; Berger, Timothy; Elston, Dirk (2005). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. (10th ed.). Saunders. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.
  2. ^ Basic pathology 8th edition p 646
  3. ^ Saario R, Kalliomaki JL (Dec 1985), "Palmar erythema in rheumatoid arthritis", Clin Rheumatol., 4 (4), pp. 449–51, PMID 3830522, doi:10.1007/BF02031898 
  4. ^ a b c Le T, Bhushan V, Vasan N (2010), First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, p. 156, mhid: 0-07-163340