A 35-year-old female asked:
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my 16 month old daughters hands/lips turn purple, and hands often swell. md shows no concern, and said her o2 stats were fine. what could this be?

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Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
19 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Peripheral cyanosis: Peripheral cyanosis (blue lips ; extremities) is common in children and generally reflects sluggish blood flow through a capillary bed--usually caused by cold temperatures, which trigger constriction of blood vessels to limit heat loss. As your md suggested, this is usually not concerning, but i'm not sure what to make of the hand swelling and would emphasize this in your next visit.
Answered on Feb 16, 2014

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