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Stasis Dermatitis

Alternate Names : Venous Stasis Dermatitis

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Stasis dermatitis is a red itchy rash on the lower legs. It occurs after long-term swelling of the lower leg, usually from poor blood circulation.

What is going on in the body?

Poor blood flow from the lower legs back to the heart causes swelling of the lower legs. Over time, this creates poor circulation in the skin of the legs. The skin begins to break into a rash, typically over the shins. It may eventually become weeping sores.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

Stasis dermatitis is usually caused by poor blood flow from the veins of the legs back to the heart. It is seen most often in middle-aged people or people who are elderly. The poor blood flow may be associated with the following conditions:

  • varicose veins, which are bulging veins caused by damage to the valves within the veins
  • blood clots in the veins of the lower legs or pelvis
  • congestive heart failure, a condition in which a weakened heart is unable to pump blood effectively throughout the body
  • kidney failure
  • chronic leg swelling
  • The rash is often made worse by the use of salves or ointments. It may be aggravated by infection with bacteria or fungus.


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    Stasis Dermatitis: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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