Solar purpura

Solar purpura (also known as "Actinic purpura," and "Senile purpura") is a skin condition characterized by large, sharply outlined, 1- to 5-cm, dark purplish-red ecchymoses appearing on the dorsa of the forearms and less often the hands.[1]:825

The condition is most common in elderly people of Caucasian descent. It is caused by sun-induced damage to the connective tissue of the skin.[2]

No treatment is necessary. The lesions typically fade over a period of up to 3 weeks.[3]

See also


  1. James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.
  2. Scheinfeld NS (2009). "Skin Disorders in Older Adults: Vascular, Lymphatic, and Purpuric Dermatides, Part 1". Consultant 49 (6)
  3. Actinic Purpura at eMedicine

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