Pigmented purpuric dermatoses: an overview

Int J Dermatol. 2004 Jul;43(7):482-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2004.02213.x.


Pigmented purpuric dermatoses are a spectrum of disorders characterized by a distinct purpuric rash, mainly localized to the lower limbs, which are morphologically dissimilar but histopathologically indistinguishable. Their etiology remains obscure. They are rather resistant to treatment. Although diagnosed quite straightforwardly, the disease entity remains an enigma and a therapeutic challenge. The current narration discusses the outline of the epidemiology, etiopathogenesis, clinical features, histopathology and management of these disorders. The current review, hopefully, may once again rekindle interest in the entity, for it has been sparingly reported or discussed for the benefit of under- and/or postgraduates and those in practice, including family physicians.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Purpura / etiology*
  • Skin Diseases / complications
  • Skin Diseases / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases / drug therapy
  • Skin Diseases / physiopathology*