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Venous Lakes Follow-up

  • Author: Claudia Hernandez, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
Updated: Mar 19, 2014

Further Inpatient Care

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  • Inpatient care is not required for venous lakes, which are superficial vascular anomalies.


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  • The prognosis for venous lakes is excellent. Although venous lakes do not resolve on their own, patients can be reassured that venous lakes do not evolve into something more serious, such as a skin cancer.
Contributor Information and Disclosures

Claudia Hernandez, MD, FAAD Associate Professor, Director of Dermatological and Clinical Studies, Department of Dermatology, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine; Attending Physician, University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital

Claudia Hernandez, MD, FAAD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American Association for Cancer Research, Association of Professors of Dermatology, Chicago Dermatological Society, Chicago Medical Society, Illinois Dermatological Society, Society for Pediatric Dermatology, Women's Dermatologic Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Richard P Vinson, MD Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L Foster School of Medicine; Consulting Staff, Mountain View Dermatology, PA

Richard P Vinson, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Texas Medical Association, Association of Military Dermatologists, Texas Dermatological Society

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Rosalie Elenitsas, MD Herman Beerman Professor of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Director, Penn Cutaneous Pathology Services, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Rosalie Elenitsas, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, American Society of Dermatopathology, Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology

Disclosure: Received royalty from Lippincott Williams Wilkins for textbook editor.

Chief Editor

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

Dirk M Elston, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Additional Contributors

Timothy McCalmont, MD Director, UCSF Dermatopathology Service, Professor of Clinical Pathology and Dermatology, Departments of Pathology and Dermatology, University of California at San Francisco; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Cutaneous Pathology

Timothy McCalmont, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Medical Association, American Society of Dermatopathology, California Medical Association, College of American Pathologists, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology

Disclosure: Received consulting fee from Apsara for independent contractor.


The authors and editors of Medscape Reference gratefully acknowledge the contributions of previous authors, Jining Wang, MD, and Kim Wang, MD, to the development and writing of this article.

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Venous lake on the helix of the ear.
Venous lake on the lower lip.
Venous lake of the lip. Note the apparent actinic damage of the surrounding skin. Courtesy of Albert C. Yan, MD.
Venous lake becomes inconspicuous during diascopy with a glass slide.
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