A rash localised around the eyesBMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3148 (Published 13 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3148
- Mitsuhito Ota, dermatologist and, director
- Department of Dermatology, Chitose City Hospital Hokkou 2, Chitose, Japan
- Correspondence to
A 26 year old woman presented with a sudden rash on the face (fig 1⇓). The previous day, she had had severe vomiting, diarrhoea, and fever, and had been diagnosed with acute viral gastroenteritis. The rash was localised around the eyes. What is the cause of rash?
The diagnosis is facial purpura caused by emesis. The cause is rupture of capillaries in the upper dermis resulting from elevated intravascular pressure during vomiting.
Purpura is caused by extravasation of …