Collagenous vasculopathy: a report of three cases

J Cutan Pathol. 2008 Oct;35(10):967-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0560.2007.00930.x. Epub 2008 Jun 5.


Cutaneous collagenous vasculopathy (CCV) is an idiopathic microangiopathy involving the superficial blood vessels that was initially reported in a 54-year-old male. We recently have identified this rarely reported entity in three Caucasian males. The first patient was a 59-year-old male with diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia who presented with multiple, red, blanchable, asymptomatic telangiectasias covering the extensor surface of the forearms, the lower abdomen and parts of the chest. The second patient was a 62-year-old male with psoriasis and extensive arthritis who presented with prominent telangiectasias on the left lateral distal thigh with mild overlying epidermal atrophy. The third patient was an 80-year-old male with atrial fibrillation who presented with blanching, telangiectatic areas on the abdomen, thighs and back. Histologically, the skin lesions showed ectatic superficial small blood vessels with laminated, hyalinized concretions around vessels that were highlighted with periodic acid-Schiff staining following diastase digestion and reactive by immunohistochemical staining with an antibody to collagen type IV. CCV is a rare and poorly understood entity with distinct histopathological features that may clinically resemble generalized essential telangiectasia (GET), yet which may affect a different demographic population than GET. Awareness of this uncommon entity may further help to elucidate its etiology.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthritis / complications
  • Atrial Fibrillation / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux / complications
  • Humans
  • Hypercholesterolemia / complications
  • Hypertension / complications
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostate-Specific Antigen / blood
  • Psoriasis / complications
  • Skin / blood supply*
  • Skin / pathology*
  • Skin Diseases, Vascular / complications
  • Skin Diseases, Vascular / metabolism
  • Skin Diseases, Vascular / pathology*
  • Telangiectasis / pathology
  • Venous Insufficiency / complications


  • Prostate-Specific Antigen