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December 1971

Telangiectasia, Aphthous Stomatitis, and Hypersplenism

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Arch Dermatol. 1971;104(6):668-670. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000240092011

Symmetrical, non-progressive, essential telangiectasia, beginning at puberty and confined to the breasts, occurred in a 35-year-old woman with concurrent, recurrent aphthous stomatitis and recently identified hypersplenism. Biopsy of the telangiectatic skin showed many dilated capillary vessels in the papillary dermis. A review of the literature on telangiectasia failed to reveal a similar case. It is not known to what degree, if any, the telangiectasia, stomatitis, and hypersplenism may be related.