|Totally confused; Are burst vessels a symptom of KS?
Jan 21, 2002
I understand that this is very time consuming for you and i thank you very much. Are burst blood vessels a symptom of HIV? I heard of somthing called petechiae is that part of this disease? also, does KS sometimes look like burst blood vessels, and does it ever go away by itself within a week?
Response from Dr. Dezube
Dear totally confused, Burst blood vessels are VERY common in the general population. You do not have to be HIV positive to get them. In fact, most folks with them are HIV negative. Burst blood vessels are more common in women than men, and more common in older folks than younger folks. Petechiae are nothing more than tiny vessels leaking blood. They are usually seen in folks with low platelet counts (platelets are elements in the blood that help us stop bleeding) or in folks who are on aspirin, since aspirin can affect the function of platelets. KS can indeed look like burst blood vessels, but most blood vessels are NOT KS. It would be unusual for KS to go away in a week by itself.
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