Which dermatologic findings are characteristic of acute kidney injury (AKI)?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Biruh T Workeneh, MD, PhD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Skin examination may reveal the following:

  • Livido reticularis, digital ischemia, butterfly rash, palpable purpura - Systemic vasculitis
  • Maculopapular rash - Allergic interstitial nephritis
  • Track marks (ie, intravenous drug abuse) - Endocarditis

Petechiae, purpura, ecchymosis, and livedo reticularis provide clues to inflammatory and vascular causes of AK. Infectious diseases, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), and embolic phenomena can produce typical cutaneous changes.

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