Senile Purpura

Senile Purpura

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Caption: Senile purpura is a common condition of easy bruisability, seen most often on the forearms and legs of older individuals. It is usually caused by loss of subcutaneous fat and is occasionally caused by the excessive use of aspirin or other blood thinners. Thrombocytopenia (lack of platelets), steroids, diabetes mellitus, vasculitis (blood vessel inflammation), scurvy, and connective tissue diseases may also be contributing factors. Symptoms of senile purpura include purple bruises with small red patches on the skin, which fade to a permanent brown pigmented area over a span of a few weeks. There is no treatment for senile purpura, unless it is caused by certain drugs. If so, the medications may be altered to reduce the senile purpura. Otherwise, the therapy of full explanation and reassurance may be the best treatment for senile purpura. This case of purpura was caused by daily doses of 81 mg of Aspirin.

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Keywords: abnormal, aspirin causal agent, bruisability, bruise, condition, easy bruising, elderly, female, hand, medical, patient, pigment, senile purpura, skin, woman

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