Telangiectasia: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 10/1/2020

Telangiectasia refers to the presence of small, widened blood vessels in the skin. Telangiectasias are also known as "spider veins." They are often present on the face (cheeks, nose, lips, eyes). They are generally not a sign of a serious problem, but in some cases, they can be related to serious medical conditions like hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT).

More common causes of telangiectasias include

Telangiectasias can sometimes be associated with pain or itching.

Other causes of telangiectasia


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