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My legs are always red, and have a capillary refill time of 5 or more seconds. I am 18, and it started when i was 12. They turn purple and blotchy!

My legs are always red, and have a capillary refill time of 5 or more seconds. I am 18, and it started when i was 12. They turn purple and blotchy!

Poor circulation: You may have a vascular disease (there are many) which causes poor arterial flow to you feet and hands (further points from the heart). You need to see a vascular specialist. ...Read more

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My 3yr old has been chronically tired so I took her 2 a paediatrician. He found nothing. Ijust noticed her capillary refil time is very long 9 seconds?

My 3yr old has been chronically tired so I took her 2 a paediatrician. He found nothing. Ijust noticed her capillary refil time is very long 9 seconds?

Odd statement: I would expect a kid with a 9 second capillary refill time to be near death. Perhaps your definition of the maneuver is quite different than mine. I doubt that would be the case in a kid who is functional at any level. If you are concerned the doc has missed something find another and get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can some mild facial capillary telangiectasis get worse with time? Is treatment with laser a must if they aren't too much annoying?

Can some mild facial capillary telangiectasis get worse with time? Is treatment with laser a must if they aren't too much annoying?

Facial capillaries: Yes, facial capillaries can get worse with time, particularly if things that cause their dilatation are continuing. Sun damage is one of the primary causes, so are things that make the face red or warm, like hot showers, spicy foods, hot drinks, alcohol, and others. Laser treatment is a personal choice, not a must, although it does help improve the capillaries. ...Read more

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How accurate is capillary refill test for pad or dvt?

How accurate is capillary refill test for pad or dvt?

Not the best.: Capillary refill is essentially an observation of how long it takes for blood to return into small vessels usually in the nail beds or feet. It is not accurate and it is not used for dvt. It is observed in pad. There are much more specific, informative and diagnostic tests for both DVT and PVD such as duplex scans and abi's and even cta's. ...Read more

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Can poor periphery circulation and capillary refill cause elevated bilirubin and liver enzyme levels?

Can poor periphery circulation and capillary refill cause elevated bilirubin and liver enzyme levels?

Not likely: Peripheral circulatory disturbance is not expected to cause liver disease. Do not use Acetaminophen if you have liver disease. Please consult your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can we see the capillary and nerve endings on our lids?

Can we see the capillary and nerve endings on our lids?

Eyelids: You can often see the very small veins in the eyelids (venules)...Not quite as small as capillaries. Cannot see nerve endings. ...Read more

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What is capillary blood?

What is capillary blood?

Blood in Capillary: Our circulation consists of heart + arteries which carry blood away from the left heart & to the capillaries of the body & veins which return the blood back to the right heart which pumps to the lung arteries, capillaries, lung veins & back to the left heart. The blood in capillaries, at any given moment, is called capillary blood: it makes skin pink. Press skin & hold, note color after releasing. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a venipuncture and a capillary puncture?

What is the difference between a venipuncture and a capillary puncture?

The size of the vein: As dr. Placik said, venipuncture is for collecting blood through a needle from blood vessels that are big enough to see and/or feel. Capillary puncture would be used for collecting blood from vessels that are too small to see individually. This is usually done with a very small cut and a micro pipette or a piece of filter paper. ...Read more

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