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Encyclopedia > Purpura fulminans

Purpura fulminans is a haemorrhagic condition usually associated with sepsis or previous infection. It is a life-threatening disorder of acute onset. It is characterized by cutaneous haemorrhage and necrosis, low blood pressure, fever and disseminated intravascular coagulation. It was first described by Guelliot in 1884. A sphygmomanometer, a device used for measuring blood pressure. ... An analogue medical thermometer showing the temperature of 38. ... Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a pathological process in the body where the blood starts to coagulate throughout the whole body. ...

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Principles of Pediatric Dermatology - Chapter40 : CUTANEOUS VASCULAR DISEASES PURPURA (2810 words)
Purpura is normally distinguished from erythema when pressure is applied by finger or by pressure of a slide on the erythematous patch (diascopy)fails to blanch the lesion.
Purpura may be associated with infection such as septicemia, meningococcal, rickettesial, viral infections and subacute bacterial endocarditis.
It is a distinctive disorder, comprising a combination of purpura, often in a cockade pattern, and an inflammatory edema of the limbs and face, occurring almost exclusively in children under the age of 2 years, with a tendency to recurrence in the short term and subsequent spontaneous resolution.
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