Livedo reticularis

Livedo reticularis
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 R23.1
ICD-9-CM 782.61
DiseasesDB 7546
MedlinePlus 001478

Livedo reticularis is a common skin finding consisting of a mottled reticulated vascular pattern that appears as a lace-like purplish discoloration of the skin.[1] The discoloration is caused by swelling of the venules owing to obstruction of capillaries by small blood clots. The blood clots in the small blood vessels can be a secondary effect of a condition that increases a person's risk of forming blood clots, including a wide array of pathological and nonpathological conditions . Examples include hyperlipidemia, microvascular hematological or anemia states, nutritional deficiencies, hyper- and autoimmune diseases, and drugs/toxins.

The condition may be normal or related to more severe underlying pathology.[2] Its differential diagnosis is broadly divided into possible blood diseases, autoimmune (rheumatologic) diseases, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and endocrine disorders. It can usually (in 80% of cases) be diagnosed by biopsy.[3]

It may be aggravated by exposure to cold, and occurs most often in the lower extremities.

The condition's name derives from the Latin livere meaning bluish and reticular which refers to the net-like appearance.


A number of conditions may cause the appearance of livedo reticularis:


Other than identifying and treating any underlying conditions in secondary livedo,[44] idiopathic livedo reticularis may improve with warming the area.

See also


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