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Old 05-29-2009, 03:41 PM   #1
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Symptoms Red Pin head Dots on skin

These dots are mostly on the right side of my chest & abdomen. I've had them for years and am wondering if they may be symptoms of an overworked liver?

 
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:50 AM   #2
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Re: Symptoms Red Pin head Dots on skin

Do these dots come and go, or have they just been stable there for a long time?

If they come and go they may be what are called petechiae which are small, pinpoint, capillary bleeds that can happen for a number of reasons. The most common reason for them to happen is if your platelets are not working properly plugging up small bleeds in your capillaries (which happen all the time), and you end up with those pinpoint red dots.

In late liver disease, your spleen enlarges and "eats up" too many platelets which can give you a low platelet count; however, by the time this is happening, there likely won't be any doubt as to whether you have liver disease or not...i.e. there would be overt manifestations of cirrhosis.

 
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Old 05-30-2009, 01:44 PM   #3
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Re: Symptoms Red Pin head Dots on skin

My dots have been there for 10 yrs?? I can't even remember how long. They are spread out, maybe 20?

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Do these dots come and go, or have they just been stable there for a long time?

If they come and go they may be what are called petechiae which are small, pinpoint, capillary bleeds that can happen for a number of reasons. The most common reason for them to happen is if your platelets are not working properly plugging up small bleeds in your capillaries (which happen all the time), and you end up with those pinpoint red dots.

In late liver disease, your spleen enlarges and "eats up" too many platelets which can give you a low platelet count; however, by the time this is happening, there likely won't be any doubt as to whether you have liver disease or not...i.e. there would be overt manifestations of cirrhosis.

 
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