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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have a 21 year old relative who was on a low carb (high fat) diet for about a year. He developed xanthomas on eyelids and feet. He has ahd a standard blood lab and head CT come back ok. He is still complaining about mental haze, tingling sensations on skin and a general feeling of discontent. (this happened within the last week)
User :   I am not sure if situations are related
Doctor :   When did he develop Xanthomas? Does he have any other symptom?
User :   Xanthomas started about 3 months ago
User :   only recently mental problems/tingling problems emerged
User :   healthy weight otherwise
Doctor :   Xanthomas are due to deposition of cholesterol and can lead to various local and systemic disorders

User :   Could the high fat diet be linked to the mental ahze problems, and tingling sensations? If so, what course of action should we take?
Doctor :   Yes it is related. Avoid completely fat diet and take the prescription medications
User :   How long until symptoms shouldv subside?
Doctor :   It takes about 4 to 6 weeks to get cured completely but dietary restrictions have to be followed.

User :   What signs show that emergency treatment is needed?
Doctor :   When the mental symptoms are increased
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