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
Other causes of telangiectasia
- Bloom Syndrome
- Corticosteroid Drug Use
- CREST Syndrome
- Cutis Marmorata Telangiectatica Congenita
- Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)
- Osler-Weber-Rendu Syndrome
- Sturge Weber Disease
- Sun Exposure
- Xeroderma Pigmentosum
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Causes of Telangiectasia
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Klippel-Trènaunay-Weber (KTW) syndrome is a condition characterized by: port-wine stains or birthmark malformations in the skin, soft tissue and bony growths (generally involving a limb), and vascular anomalies (varicose veins). Although these three symptoms are consistently found in patients with Klippel-Trènaunay-Weber syndrome, there are other symptoms, which include atrophy (a limb that is underdeveloped), fingers and toes that are disproportionately large or small, digits that are webbed (syndactyly), too many digits (polydactyly), or too few digits (oligodactyly). The cause of Klippel-Trènaunay-Weber syndrome is not known. However, recently there have been some cases that run in families. There is no significant treatment for Klippel-Trènaunay-Weber syndrome.
Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE)
Systemic lupus erythematosus is a condition characterized by chronic inflammation of body tissues caused by autoimmune disease. Lupus can cause disease of the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, joints, and nervous system. When only the skin is involved, the condition is called discoid lupus. When internal organs are involved, the condition is called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
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