A Brazilian 73-year-old woman was not expecting her dermatology check-up to turn into a conversation about lung cancer. Yet, unfortunately, that's exactly what happened.
Tripe palms can be a side effect of lung cancer.
The woman's velvety hands
The Brazilian woman from the study went to seek medical help after her palms became itchy and had painful lesions. Her symptoms had persisted over the course of nine months, and when doctors took a closer look at her hands they discovered particularly sharp lines in the fold of her palms.
Furthermore, her palms had additional ridged lines and displayed a 'velvety' appearance.
It was named as such because a doctor realized their patients' hands looked similar to cooked cow and sheep stomachs.
Unfortunately, the term is almost always associated with a type of lung or gastric cancer.
In the case of the Brazilian woman, she had been smoking a packet of cigarettes a day for three decades, had been dealing with a persistent cough, and had continually been losing weight. All signs that can lead to lung cancer, including her tripe palms.
Not everyone who has lung or gastric cancer has tripe palms as a side effect. It's still largely unknown why it happens, although some scientific researchers believe cancer can overstimulate the production of skin cells on the palm.
The authors of the study said that the woman is still undergoing treatment, as her cancer had persisted past her chemotherapy and radiation treatments.