Angioma Serpiginosum Workup

Updated: May 29, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Workup

Imaging Studies

Imaging studies are not usually necessary to evaluate this skin lesion and are indicated only if atypical findings are present and the diagnosis is unclear.

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Procedures

A biopsy helps confirm the diagnosis.

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Histologic Findings

The overlying epidermis is normal. The dermal papilla and subpapillary regions of the dermis show dilated capillaries with a thickening of the capillary walls. No inflammatory changes, hemorrhage, or hemosiderin depositions are present. Ultrastructural analysis of several lesions has shown that some thickening of vessel walls may occur from a heavy precipitate of basement membrane–like, fine fibrillar material mixed with thin collagen fibers. Some of these dilated capillaries show slitlike protrusions of lamina into the endothelial lining.

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