Livedo reticularis

Livedo reticularis

Livedo reticularis is a common skin finding consisting of a mottled reticulated vascular pattern that appears as a lace-like purplish discoloration of the skin. The discoloration is caused by swelling of the venules owing to obstruction of capillaries by thrombi. The microvascular thrombus can be a secondary effect of a thrombogenic condition, including a wide array of pathological and nonpathological conditions . Examples include hyperlipemia, microvascular hematological or anemia states, nutritional deficiencies, hyper- and autoimmune and drug/toxins. The condition may be normal or related to more severe underlying pathology. Its differential diagnosis is broadly divided into ... more on Wikipedia

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