Pigmented Purpura

What is Pigmented Purpura?

Pigmented purpura is characterized by reddish brown skin lesions caused by leaky or broken capillaries. These spots can appear on any part of the body but are most commonly seen on the lower legs.

What causes Pigmented Purpura?

Purpura occurs when small blood vessels burst allowing blood to pool under the skin. This creates small dots to large patches on the skin that usually resolve over time. Purpura can be seen in both children and adults.

What are the symptoms?

While pigmented purpura is a benign condition in itself. It can signal a more serious medical condition or underlying disease.

How is Pigmented Purpura diagnosed?

Pigmented purpura is diagnosed through visual examination and medical history performed by a dermatology specialist  as well as follow up diagnostic testing such as bloodwork.

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