The clinical manifestations of the antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APLA) include thrombosis, thrombocytopenia and recurrent fetal loss. Livedo reticularis and leg ulceration may occur as the result of vascular occlusion, and are difficult to treat. We report a patient with a painful leg ulceration and livedo reticularis secondary to APLA in whom intralesional triamcinolone injections induced rapid and complete healing of the ulceration. A year later, the ulcer has not recurred. Initial and prolonged treatment with stanozolol, an androgenic steroid with fibrinolytic properties that has been proposed as a treatment for this condition, seemed to help at first but failed to cause persistent healing. We suggest that intralesional injection of corticosteroids should be the initial treatment of choice in ulcers due to APLA.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology|
|State||Published - Mar 1994|
- Antiphospholipid syndrome
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases