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Alternative namesBlood spots; Skin hemorrhages
DefinitionPurplish discolorations in the skin produced by small bleeding vessels near the surface of the skin. Purpura may also occur in the mucous membranes (such as the lining of the mouth) and in the internal organs.
ConsiderationsPurpura by itself is only a sign of other underlying causes of bleeding.
When purpura spots are very small, they are called petechiae . Large purpura are called ecchymoses .
Purpura may occur with either normal platelet counts (nonthrombocytopenic purpuras) or decreased platelet counts (thrombocytopenic purpuras). Platelets help maintain the integrity of the capillary lining and are important in the clotting process.
Common CausesConditions that cause purpura are grouped into two categories: nonthrombocytopenic and thrombocytopenic. Some common purpuras include:
Call your health care provider if
Any new purpura should be brought to your physician's attention.
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Medical history questions documenting purpura may include:
Update Date: 8/15/2003Michael Lehrer, M.D., Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT