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Forum Name: Liver Diseases

Question: Red Palms

 installdude - Tue Jun 28, 2005 5:13 pm

What do they mean by red palms? Do they mean completely red palms or splotchy?
Can you have red palms without having cirrhosis?
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Sat Jul 02, 2005 1:09 am

User avatar Its just a tinge of red on the palmar side of both hands. There are many causes for palmar erythema. Other clinical manifestations are taken into account. For a patient to have palmar erythema his liver must be failing. Other signs of liver failure will be present. If for example the redness is limited to one hand that is accompanied by pain this could point to inflammation. In some cases its even constitutional (meaning normal for some people to have red palms).

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