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erythema and scaling of the lower extremities due to impaired venous circulation, seen commonly in older women or secondary to deep vein thrombosis, the latter with rapid onset and swelling.
a common result of venous insufficiency of the legs beginning with ankle edema and progressing to tan pigmentation, patchy erythema, petechiae, and induration. Ultimately, there may be atrophy and fibrosis of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, with ulcerations that are slow to heal. The tan pigment is hemosiderin from blood leaking through capillary walls under elevated venous pressure. The involved skin is easily irritated or sensitized to topical medications. The underlying venous insufficiency must be treated. The dermatitis is often treated by bed rest, Burow's solution for oozing lesions, antibiotics for infection, and corticosteroids for reduction of inflammation. Also called venous stasis dermatitis. See also stasis ulcer.
stasis dermatitisDermatology Skin changes that follow blood stasis due to varicose veins, CHF, etc with swelling of lower extremities, especially feet and ankles; due to extravasation of fluid into adjacent tissue, which interferes with regional nutrition and disposal of intracellular metabolites Clinical Skin pigmented, inflamed, open ulcers that heal slowly, early skin atrophy, followed by thickening due to itching
sta·sis der·ma·ti·tis(stā'sis dĕr'mă-tī'tis)
Erythema and scaling of the lower limbs due to impaired venous circulation; seen commonly in older women or secondary to deep vein thrombosis.
Eczema of the legs with edema, pigmentation, and sometimes chronic inflammation. It is usually due to impaired return of blood from the legs. Compression stockings help the rash to resolve gradually. See: illustrationillustration
See also: dermatitis