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    Spider angioma

    Nevus araneus, spider veins

    Spider angioma is an abnormal collection of blood vessels near the surface of the skin.

    Causes

    Spider angiomas are very common. They occur often in pregnant women and people withliver disease. Theycan appearboth children and adults.

    Symptoms

    The main symptom is a blood vessel sore (lesion) that:

    • May havea red dot in the center
    • Has reddish extensions that reach out from the center
    • Disappears when pressed on then comes back when pressure is released
    • Is seen most often on the face and neck

    Exams and Tests

    Most of the time you do need tests to diagnose the condition.A skin biopsy may be needed to confirm the diagnosis in some cases. Blood tests may be done if a liver problem is suspected.

    Treatment

    Most of the time you do not need treatment.Electrocauterization or laser treatment may be used in some cases.

    Outlook (Prognosis)

    Spider angiomas often disappear in children. They tend to lastin adults.

    When to Contact a Medical Professional

    Let your doctor know if you have a newspider angiomaso other related medical conditions can be ruled out.

    References

    Habif TP. Vascular tumors and malformations. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 23.

    Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, et al, eds.Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa:
    Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 106.



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        Review Date: 11/20/2012

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