Quiz: Reddish/Purple Hue on Skin

TYK 10122019

This 4-month-old child was noted by the parents to have just a slightly reddish/purple hue to the skin around the right eye at birth.  They now note this appearance that has gradually developed. What could this be caused by?

Last Updated: October 31, 2022

14 thoughts on “Quiz: Reddish/Purple Hue on Skin”

  1. Regarding Capillary haemangioma- now a days steroids are not the first choice. Propranolol gel and oral propranolol are more safer .

    • Agree. Oral propranolol is particularly effective and is the current standard of care. Topical propranolol is generally disappointing. Oral steroids are reserved for refractory cases.

  2. Hemangiomas are one of the most common vascular tumors in infancy. In most cases no therapy
    is necessary and spontaneous regression is observed; however, if they arise in the periocular
    region, immediate action is required as rapid growth frequently leads to obstruction of the visual
    field with the risk of developing amblyopia and orbital suppression up to permanent disfigurement
    and stigmatization of those affected. Novel pharmaceutical treatment options led to a significant
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