What is the role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the pathophysiology of rosacea?

Updated: Aug 14, 2018
  • Author: Agnieszka Kupiec Banasikowska, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Studies performed using video capillaroscopy on erythematotelangiectatic rosacea lesions showed increased neoangiogenesis and blood vessel enlargement. Multiple immunohistochemistry studies showed increased VEGF expression in vascular endothelium in lesional versus nonlesional skin of rosacea patients. Cuevas et al [14] used topical dobesilate, an inhibitor of angiogenic growth factor, for the treatment of erythematotelagiectatic rosacea and reported an improvement in erythema and telangiectasia after 2 weeks. [10]


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