Telangiectasia

Telangiectasia

Chris Schach

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 Key Points
*Condition results in small red markings on the skin, often the face or lower extremities, resulting from permanent dilation of small blood vessels.

*Usually symptomless

*Cause is multifactorial including sun damage(face and neck) *Condition is benign with no physical complications

*If telangiectasia are multiple

Telangiectasia is a condition describing the permanent dilation of small blood vessels

Generalized essential telangiectasia is characterized by red or pink dilated capillary blood vessels in a lacework or branch-like pattern

The cause of telangiectasia remains unclear. Sometimes there may be a family history. It usually first appears around 40-50 years of age and affects women more often than men. It is not associated with varicose veins or other disorders of the veins. Environmental factors such as sun exposure may possibly play a part in its development.

Telangiectases may be slow or fast to develop and usually spread to other parts of the body. They persist indefinitely and do not spontaneously resolve. Apart from possible emotional distress

Differential Diagnosis (Other conditions with similar appearance)

Angiokeratoma Corporis Diffusum (Fabry Syndrome)

    Diagnosis
    Key Points
    *Diagnosis is determined through clinical inspection to resolve possible differential diagnosis.

    Diagnosis is determined through clinical inspection to resolve possible differential diagnosis.

    Treatment
    Key Points
    *Telangiectases are difficult to remove.
    *Patients may use cosmetics or lotions to hide the markings.
    *Vascular lasers have shown possible improvement of the condition.

    It is very difficult to remove the telangiectases of generalized essential telangiectasia. Patients may use cover-up cosmetics or self-tanning lotions to hide the telangiectases.

    They are usually unresponsive to sclerotherapy. Recently

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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