Other Names for this Disease
- Cutaneous hypersensitivity vasculitis
- Cutaneous leukocytoclastic angiitis
- Cutaneous small vessel vasculitis
- Leukocytoclastic angiitis
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skin lesions on the legs, buttocks, or trunk; blisters on the skin; hives (urticaria); and/or open sores with dead tissue (necrotic ulcers). This condition is caused by an allergic reaction to a drug or other foreign substance. This condition usually goes away over time; but on occasion, people can have repeated episodes.Hypersensitivity vasculitis is an extreme reaction to a drug, infection, or foreign substance that leads to inflammation and damage to blood vessels of the skin. Signs and symptoms may include purple-colored spots and patches on the skin;
Last updated: 12/14/2011
- Allergic vasculitis. MedlinePlus. 2011; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000874.htm. Accessed 12/14/2011.
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- DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
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