What causes acroangiodermatitis?

Acroangiodermatitis is a rare skin condition characterised by hyperplasia of pre-existing vasculature due to venous hypertension from severe chronic venous stasis.

What is Angiodermatitis?

Acro-angiodermatitis is a very common disorder, with a close clinical, anatomical and morphological resemblance to Kaposi’s sarcoma. Several types of this disorder can be found in different settings. However, these conditions are often misdiagnosed and therefore mistreated.

What is Lipodermatosclerosis?

Lipodermatosclerosis, also known as sclerosing panniculitis and hypodermitis sclerodermiformis, is an inflammation of the subcutaneous fat, often associated with chronic venous insufficiency. Lipodermatosclerosis is classically found on the inner aspect of the lower extremities above the ankle.

Is lipodermatosclerosis life threatening?

In addition to poor cosmesis, CVI can lead to chronic life-threatening infections of the lower extremities. Pain, especially after ambulation, is a hallmark of the disease. CVI causes characteristic changes, called lipodermatosclerosis, to the skin of the lower extremities, which lead to eventual skin ulceration.

What doctors treat lipodermatosclerosis?

Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Ronnie G. Smalling at Smalling Vascular Institute specializes in vascular issues and can properly diagnose conditions such as Lipodermatosclerosis. The sooner you are diagnosed, the quicker you can begin to treat this condition.

Can lipodermatosclerosis be cured?

Lipodermatosclerosis is best treated with conservative management. This includes leg elevation, compression stockings, lifestyle modifications (increased physical activity and weight loss, smoking cessation). Physical therapy using ultrasound has been reported as helpful.

How do you treat lipodermatosclerosis at home?

Does massage help lipodermatosclerosis?

As lipodermatosclerosis is often seen in overweight people, weight reduction is also important. Other treatments that may be of benefit include massage, ultrasound therapy, topical steroid ointments and medications such as pentoxifylline or stanozolol.

How can you prevent venous insufficiency from getting worse?

Lifestyle Changes for Chronic Venous Insufficiency

  1. Wear Compression Garments.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Weight.
  3. Increase Activity Levels.
  4. Elevate the Legs.
  5. Avoid Tight Clothing and High Heels.
  6. Avoid Salt.
  7. Moisturize the Skin.