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Stasis dermatitis

Anthony F Fransway, MD
Section Editor
Joseph Fowler, MD
Deputy Editor
Rosamaria Corona, MD, DSc


Stasis dermatitis, or stasis eczema, is a common inflammatory dermatosis of the lower extremities occurring in patients with chronic venous insufficiency, often in association with varicose veins, dependent chronic edema, hyperpigmentation, lipodermatosclerosis, and ulcerations. Stasis dermatitis may rarely involve the upper limbs in patients with artificial arteriovenous (AV) fistulas for hemodialysis, or congenital AV malformations [1].

This topic will discuss the pathogenesis, clinical presentation, complications, and treatment of stasis dermatitis. The pathophysiology, clinical and diagnostic evaluation, and treatment of lower extremity chronic venous disease are discussed separately.

(See "Pathophysiology of chronic venous disease".)

(See "Diagnostic evaluation of lower extremity chronic venous insufficiency".)

(See "Post-thrombotic (postphlebitic) syndrome".)

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