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Stasis Dermatitis Differential Diagnoses

  • Author: Scott L Flugman, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
Updated: Mar 07, 2016
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Scott L Flugman, MD Consulting Staff, Dermatology Associates of Huntington, PC

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Richard A Clark, MD Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Dermatology and Medicine, Stony Brook University; Director of Burn, Nonscar Healing Program RCCC, Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine

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Dirk M Elston, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

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Jeffrey Meffert, MD Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

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This patient exhibits the classic hyperpigmentation and varicosities of stasis dermatitis. There is inflammatory eczematous change overlying the medial ankle, with healed scarring from recent ulceration.
This patient with chronic stasis dermatitis exhibits classic features, such as erythema, hyperpigmentation, and dilated superficial veins reflecting poor function of the deep venous system. The condition is typically confined to the lower leg, particularly the medial portion of the leg.
Patient with stasis dermatitis. The large scar on the calf resulted from military shrapnel. Injuries to the venous system due to trauma or surgery are common factors in the development of stasis dermatitis.
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