Purpura

Purpura

Haemorrhaging into the skin.

Characterised by extravasation of red blood cells into the dermis from small cutaneous blood vessels.

Symptom of many diseases:

1) Inflammatory – vasculitis
2) Non-inflammatory – venous stasis; senile purpura; steroid excess; physical trauma; meningococcaemia; drug reactions; disseminated intravascular coagulation

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