Which physical findings are characteristic of urticarial vasculitis?

Updated: Jun 07, 2018
  • Author: Darius Mehregan, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Lesions of urticarial vasculitis initially appear as erythematous wheals (see image below). As the lesions progress, purpura may develop. Often, the urticarial vasculitis lesions resolve with postinflammatory pigmentation. Annular or targetoid lesions may be observed.

Raised erythematous wheals with postinflammatory h Raised erythematous wheals with postinflammatory hyperpigmentations suggest urticarial vasculitis.

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