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Reposting this question since the "top doctors" didn't answer my question. 30 year old male, NEGATIVE for liver disease, has spider nevi (4) - causes?

Reposting this question since the "top doctors" didn't answer my question. 30 year old male, NEGATIVE for liver disease, has spider nevi (4) - causes?

Relax: Many healthy people have a few spiders. I've had one on my thumb pad since I was a kid. Life's difficult enough without reading all about nonspecific stuff and getting worried. Be thankful for good health. Folks who naturally tend to worry often do remarkably well when they start up an intense fitness program. Sound like a plan? Best wishes. ...Read more

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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


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Is cirrhosis the only liver disease that can cause spider nevi?

Is cirrhosis the only liver disease that can cause spider nevi?

Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver that is a result of some inflammatory process like Hepatitis (viral, alcoholic, fatty liver, and so on). The spider nevi are a manifestation of some of the changes which occur when the liver malfunctions, does not detoxify estrogens and creates portal hypertension. You can also get it with other sources of high estrogen levels. ...Read more

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What other things can cause spider nevi on a 30 yr old male? Liver biopsy and fibroscan ruled out liver disease.

What other things can cause spider nevi on a 30 yr old male? Liver biopsy and fibroscan ruled out liver disease.

Spider angiomas: are found in distribution of the superior vena cava-- face, neck, upper part of trunk & arms & on the backs of hands & fingers in young children. Due to failure of the sphincteric muscle surrounding a dilated cutaneous arteriole.The dilation is caused by increased estrogen levels in blood as seen in pregant women, those on birth control, & with significant liver disease. Stop alcohol drinking pls ...Read more

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What can cause spider nevi (3 of them) to appear on a young man if liver disease has been investigated and ruled out? also presents with chest acne

What can cause spider nevi (3 of them) to appear on a young man if liver disease has been investigated and ruled out? also presents with chest acne

Mostly harmless: Spider nevi are simply telangiectasia, a type of blood vessel phenomenon that usually are not pathological. They are common and may be benign, presenting in around 10-15% of healthy adults and young children. However, having more than 3 spider angiomas is likely to be abnormal and may be a sign of liver disease. ...Read more

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Can alcohol use cause 'spider nevi' ? neg. for cirrhosis/hepatitis and hormones normal

Can alcohol use cause 'spider nevi' ? neg. for cirrhosis/hepatitis and hormones normal

Yes: Alcohol abuse can cause spider nevi. They can appear before lab abnormalities do. Just because labs are normal, does not mean that everything is perfect. If you think you might have an alcohol problem, please seek help before the situation does become irreversible. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it normal for a fair skinned 4-year old to have plenty of red blood vessels on the cheeks? It's not like a classic spider nevi. Picture on profil

Is it normal for a fair skinned 4-year old to have plenty of red blood vessels on the cheeks? It's not like a classic spider nevi. Picture on profil

Unable to view: The public site is not designed for diagnosis of specific cases and there is no way your profile uploads can be viewed. The Healthtap Prime or Concierge platforms are available if you choose to use them and may be able to help you. ...Read more

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What are compound nevi?

Compound nevi: These are moles that have a deeper skin component (dermal) . This term you use implies a benign condition. ...Read more

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