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What are these purple lines on the back of my arm that are worsening in time?

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Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney


Practicing since :2007

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Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I have purple lines all over back of my arm they are getting worse

Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 37 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Looks like livedo reticularis, answer few questions

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for being at Healthcaremagic
I have reviewed the attached photograph and it looks like livedo reticularis
It is a reticulate pattern of pigmentation which can be physiological or associated with systemic diseases of the vessels or connective tissue.
Is it present only unilaterally?
Do you use hot water bottle or hot pad on the affected area?
Is it associated with itching, burning or any other complaints on the affected areas?
Do you have pain in the affected arm?
Kindly revert with the answers.
Dr Asmeet
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Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 17 minutes later
No heat at all it started out Small now getting worse some hurting a little burning not much some times my arm seems weak I have kidney stones I was worried about it maybe having something to do with my kidneys or some kind of Cancer I have never had anything like this it’s only on my arm as of now

Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Livedo and its types

Detailed Answer:
Is it permanent or temporary?
If it is temporary nothing to worry about.
If it permanent it could be either physiological livedo reticularis which occurs without any cause and is not serious
Or secondary livedo for which there are multiple causes like lupus, vasculitis and connective tissue disease and you need to get it evaluated.

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