Thursday, May 06, 2004

The Liver Palms of Kim Jong Il

"In the past, I used to smoke and drink a lot. Now I've quit smoking and I only drink a little wine" - Kim Jong Il

The dear leader of North Korea shows us his liver palms. Those are the red spots on his palms.

Liver palms
Palmar erythema is a reddening of the palms of the hands affecting the thenar and hypothenar eminences. The soles of the feet are often also affected.

Palmar erythema can be a feature of chronic liver disease, pregnancy, thyrotoxicosis, rheumatoid arthritis, polycythaemia and rarely chronic febrile diseases, chronic leukaemia, or shoulder-hand syndrome.

Palmar erythema may also be the result of dermatoses such as eczema or psoriasis. It may also be a normal finding.

It has been attributed to high oestrogen levels. GP Notebook

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