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Petechiae are pinpoint-sized hemorrhages of small capillaries in the skin or mucous membranes. Hemorrhage (alternate spelling is Haemorrhage) is the medical term meaning bleeding. ... Capillaries are the smallest of a bodys blood vessels. ... Model of the layers of human skin In zootomy and dermatology, skin is an organ of the integumentary system; which is composed of a layer of tissues that protect underlying muscles and organs. ... The mucous membranes (or mucosa) are linings of ectodermic origin, covered in epithelium, that line various body cavities and internal organs. ...


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Petechia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (140 words)
A petechia (puh-TEE-kee-uh, plural petechiae puh-TEE-kee-eye) is a small red or purple spot on the body, caused by a minor hemorrhage (broken capillary blood vessels).
Petechiae are a sign of thrombocytopenia (low platelet counts), other disorders of coagulation.
The presence of petechiae in a sick child is therefore an important warning sign.
eMedicine Health - Skin Rashes in Children, Life-Threatening Rashes (1814 words)
Petechia with fever is more concerning, although most of these children have a viral illness that does not require any therapy.
Petechiae are red dots on the skin that do not fade when pressure is applied.
Petechiae are broken capillaries in the skin that cause red dots that do not disappear when pressure is applied to the skin.
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