Which histologic findings are characteristic of Osler-Weber-Rendu disease (OWRD) (hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia [HHT])?

Updated: Oct 06, 2020
  • Author: Klaus-Dieter Lessnau, MD, FCCP; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Telangiectases manifest as focal dilatation of the postcapillary venules. Early lesions maintain a portion of intervening capillary bed. Perivascular lymphocytic infiltrate is observed. Fully developed lesions lack an intervening capillary bed. Markedly dilated arterioles and venules connect directly in a tortuous network. The mature lesion also shows lymphocytic infiltrate, as well as multiple layers of thickened smooth-muscle cells around connecting venules. [99]

Orthodeoxia may be detected in patients with pulmonary AVM because of increased shunting of blood through lesions in inferior areas of the lung. [100]

Liver specimens from patients with significant liver involvement often reveal pseudocirrhosis attributable to shunting from the hepatic artery to the hepatic vein or shunting from the hepatic artery to the portal vein.

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