Purpura Overview

Purpura is a purple-ish skin rash due to blood leaking out of blood vessels under the skin. It usually appears as purple skin or darkened red skin at the locations.

Types of purpura include petechiae (small spots), ecchymoses, and hematomas. A hemorrhagic rash is also closely related. Purpura needs to be differentiated from simple issues such as bruising, hives, or skin darkening, or more complex complaints such as cyanosis or purple striae.

Purpura may be caused by injury, bleeding disorders (coagulation disorders), hematological disorders, blood vessel disorders, and various other causes.

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