Solar purpura

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Solar purpura
Other names: Bateman's purpura,[1] actinic purpura, senile purpura[2]
Senile purpura
Symptomslarge, sharply outlined, 1- to 5-cm, dark purplish-red patches on the back of the forearms and hands[2]
Usual onsetElderly[2]

Solar purpura is a skin condition characterized by large, sharply outlined, 1- to 5-cm, dark purplish-red patches appearing on the back of the forearms and less often the hands.[2]: 825 

It is caused by sun-induced damage to the connective tissue of the skin.[3]

No treatment is necessary. The lesions typically fade over a period of up to 3 weeks.[4]

It occurs most frequiently in the elderly.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Johnstone, Ronald B. (2017). "8. Vasculopathic reaction pattern". Weedon's Skin Pathology Essentials (2nd ed.). Elsevier. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-7020-6830-0. Archived from the original on 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2022-09-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.
  3. Scheinfeld NS (2009). "Skin Disorders in Older Adults: Vascular, Lymphatic, and Purpuric Dermatides, Part 1 Archived 2009-11-22 at the Wayback Machine". Consultant 49 (6)
  4. Actinic Purpura at eMedicine

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