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Purpura or the heart. Close-up of a section through a heart affected by purpura. Purpura is a discolouration of the skin caused by underlying bleeding, usually due to vasculitis (inflamed blood vessels) or vitamin C deficiency (scurvy). It can be caused by infections such as meningitis or septicaemia (blood poisoning).
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