Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions

Picture of Livedo Reticularis

Picture of Livedo Reticularis

Livedo reticularis is a lacy, purple skin discoloration that may be associated with a variety of conditions that cause circulatory abnormalities. In some people, it occurs as a normal response to cold conditions. In other cases, underlying autoimmune diseases may be responsible for livedo reticularis. Systemic lupus erythematosus or the presence of phospholipid antibodies are two conditions that may be associated with livedo reticularis. Phospholipid antibodies may predispose individuals to strokes because the blood clots more readily.

Image Source: Color Atlas & Synopsis of Pediatric Dermatology Kay Shou-Mei Kane, Jen Bissonette Ryder, Richard Allen Johnson, Howard P. Baden, Alexander Stratigos Copyright 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: Indian Dermatology Online Journal: "Liverdo Reticularis: A Review of the Literature"