What are the signs and symptoms of telangiectases in CREST syndrome?

Updated: Oct 05, 2020
  • Author: Jeanie C Yoon, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Telangiectases are lesions formed by collections of dilated blood vessels and may be highlighted by dermoscopy. [47]

In scleroderma patients, telangiectases occur on the face, upper trunk, and hands.

They also occur on mucosal surfaces (eg, lips) and throughout the GI tract and may be symptomatic. These were the most common cause of bleeding in a series of 144 patients with scleroderma (diffuse and limited disease). Telangiectases were associated with recurrent GI bleeding in 7 patients in this group. This bleeding can be chronic and cause anemia. [48]


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