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What causes visible dark purple veins over the back of the arm?

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Dr. Kakkar S.

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Posted on Fri, 24 Aug 2018 in Veins and Arteries
Question: I have dark purple veins all over the back of my arm 2 weeks.
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 50 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Livedo reticularis Or Erythema ab igne

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

I can see a reticulated net like pattern on the back of your arm.
I will keep a possibility of either livedo reticularis Or erythema ab igne.
Is it only on one side? Or does this affect both your arms?
Any history of localized heating pad application for muscle pain?
Any other significant medical history?like atherosclerosis?or coronary artery disease?or connective tissue disease?

Hope I have answered your query.
Let me know if I can assist you further.


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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 7 minutes later
No heating pad or any heat it’s only on that arm now but it’s getting darker and spreading no just kidney stone
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Livedo reticularis

Detailed Answer:

Hi

I will keep livedo reticularis as the most likely possibility.
Livedo reticularis is most commonly idiopathic and due to sluggish venous circulation which presents as a lacy, reticular/net like pattern. It is more common in females and mostly seen in cold weather. Keeping the body warm helps.
How is the weather in your area? Is it cold?
Rarely livedo can be due to underlying causes like lupus and other autoimmune connective tissue disorders, endocrine abnormality like hypothyroidism, malignancy etc

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 20 minutes later
It’s been cold but don’t let myself get to cold what kind of test Needs to be needs to be done and could this be. Sign of cancer or kidney or liver problems.
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 22 hours later
Brief Answer:
Regarding livedo reticularis

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

Just protect yourself from cold. Idiopathic livedo reticularis should resolve in a few days- another week or so..
If it doesn't resolve I would suggest a few lab tests like Complete Blood Count (CBC) , Liver and Kidney Function test, Thyroid screening, RF Factor, ANA, Urine routine, Stool for occult blood, Chest X ray and abdominal ultrasound and a Mammography

Take Care!
Dr. Kakkar S.,
Dermatologist
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