A cheeky diagnosis

Ludi Ge, Alicia A O'Connor, Margit M Polcz and Deshan F Sebaratnam
Med J Aust 2016; 205 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01002
Published online: 12 December 2016

Santa’s rosy complexion is charming but is it a sign of disease?

Santa Claus is a central figure in the celebration of the Christmas tradition across the world. Classically depicted as elderly and rotund, with twinkling eyes and sporting a long white beard, one of his other notable physical attributes is his rosy cheeks. Certainly this could be physiological, but there are features of his lifestyle which allude to pathological causes of malar erythema.

  • Ludi Ge
  • Alicia A O'Connor
  • Margit M Polcz
  • Deshan F Sebaratnam

  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW



We thank Catherine Polcz for creating the figure that accompanies this article.

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