Other non-neoplastic lesions

Author: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 29 November 2016, last major update August 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2016,, Inc.

PubMed Search: gastric xanthoma
Cite this page: Xanthoma. website. Accessed February 28th, 2017.
Definition / General
  • Also known as xanthelasma, lipid islands
  • Common in Japan
  • May be due to bile reflux
  • No clinical significance
Case Reports
Gross Description
  • Small yellow / cream colored intramucosal lesion, < 5 mm, single or multiple
Micro Description
  • Foamy histiocytes with neutral fat in the lamina propria
Negative Stains
  • PAS
Differential Diagnosis
  • Signet ring carcinoma