Cutaneous Vascular Anomalies – Telangiectasias

June 16th, 2013

Telangiectasias are dilated blood vessels in the skin that I encounter very frequently in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Telangiectasias can arise from venules, capillaries, or arterioles.  Clinically, they appear as very fine red linear vessels with a tortuous course on the surface of the skin.  Telangiectasias can occur on any anatomic site at any age.  They are most commonly found in areas of sun damage.  In certain conditions telangiectasias are more common such as pregnancy, CREST, scleroderma, AIDS, liver disease, and rosacea to name a few.  Treatment of telangiectasias can be accomplished with laser or electrocautery.

Telangiectasia