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Peau d’orange

The French term peau d’orange means “orange peel skin”, or more literally, “skin of an orange”. It is used in medicine to describe anatomy with the appearance and dimpled texture of an orange peel. Examples include the skin of the breast in inflammatory breast cancer, or breaks in Bruch’s Membrane called angioid streaks, which are common in pseudoxanthoma elasticum, or in elephantiasis caused by thread-like, microscopic parasitic worms (filariasis). Peau d’orange can be also seen with myxedema of Grave’s disease, where the term refers more to the texture than the colour.