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Alternative Names Return to topVascular ectasias
Definition Return to top
Telangiectasias are small blood vessels on the skin. They are usually meaningless, but may be associated with several diseases.
Considerations Return to top
Telangiectasias may develop anywhere within the body but can be easily seen in the skin, mucous membranes, and whites of the eyes. Usually, they do not cause symptoms. However, some telangiectasias bleed and cause significant problems. Telangiectasias may also occur in the brain and cause major problems from bleeding.
Causes Return to top
Causes may include:
Diseases associated with this condition include:
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call your health care provider if you notice enlarged vessels in the skin, mucous membranes, or eyes.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top
The doctor will perform a physical exam and ask questions about the symptoms, including:
Tests may be needed to diagnose or rule out a medical condition. Such tests may include:Update Date: 4/15/2009 Updated by: Jonathan Kantor, M.D., North Florida Dermatology Associates, Jacksonville, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.