Livedo reticularis is a type of rash that people with antiphospholipid syndrome sometimes develop. Resembling purple lace or a net, it generally appears on the legs or wrists and may worsen when the skin is cold. Livedo reticularis generally doesn't require treatment unless the skin develops ulcers.
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What is thrombocytopenia?
Thrombocytopenia is a disorder in which there are too few platelets and the blood does not clot properly. People who have thrombocytopenia may bleed a lot from an injury because they have an abnormally low number of platelets.
Some conditions or diseases lead to thrombocytopenia because they destroy a person's platelets or interfere with their production. Certain medicines may also cause thrombocytopenia. A person who has a low platelet count with no known cause is said to have idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
Symptoms of thrombocytopenia include:
- Easy or excessive bruising.
- Pinpoint-sized red spots (petechiae) around the feet and ankles. In more serious cases of thrombocytopenia, the spots are larger and more widespread (purpura).
- Heavy menstrual flow.
Treatment for low platelets starts with finding a cause that can be eliminated, such as changing a drug the person is taking or treating an infection. Treatment may include platelet injections into a vein, called platelet transfusion; taking medicines to stop destruction of the platelets; taking medicine that helps the body make more platelets; or surgery to remove the spleen.
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What is an embolus?
An embolus is a blood clot or other particle that forms in one part of the body, then moves through the bloodstream until it lodges in a narrowed vessel and blocks the flow of blood (circulation).
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