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.
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