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Petechiae

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Updated May 01, 2009

Petechiae

Petechiae on an arm

Photo courtesy of the CDC
Definition: Bleeding under the skin may cause tiny reddish-purple dots. These are called petechiae. This type of bleeding under the skin may be caused by: Petechiae is an important symptom that should always be checked by a doctor.
Pronunciation: pa-TEE-kee-ay

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