|Synonyms||Spider veins, angioectasias|
|Characteristic lip telangiectases.|
|Classification and external resources|
||G11.3, I78.0, M34.1|
Many patients who suffer with spider veins seek the assistance of physicians who specialize in vein care or peripheral vascular disease. These physicians are called vascular surgeons or phlebologists. More recently, interventional radiologists have started treating venous problems.
Some telangiectasias are due to developmental abnormalities that can closely mimic the behaviour of
Telangiectasia is a component of the
The causes of telangiectasia can be divided into
Goldman states that "numerous inherited or congenital conditions display cutaneous telangiectasia".  These include:
In the past, people used to think that leg varicose veins or telangectasia were caused by high venous pressure or "venous hypertension". However it is now understood that venous reflux disease is usually the cause of these problems (see above for reference for "venous reflux".
Telangiectasia in the legs is often related to the presence of venous reflux within underlying
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Acquired telangiectasia, not related to other venous abnormalities, for example on the face and trunk, can be caused by factors such as