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Spider Naevi

August 18th, 2017


  • Look For

  • A central red vessel with multiple small twisted vessels radiating from it, that disappears when pressure is applied. Commonly over the face, neck, forearms, hands and chest.
  • Significance

  • Dilatation of the capillaries due to oestrogen excess.
  • Causes of Spider Naevi

  • Normal in children
  • Cirrhosis
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Exogenous oestrogen - OCP, HRT
  • Paraneoplastic syndrome
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