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What is livedo reticularis?

Livedo reticularis refers to various conditions in which there is mottled discolouration of the skin. It is described as being reticular (net-like, lace-like), as cyanotic discolouration surrounds pale central skin.

The terminology of livedo reticularis may include:

  • Cutis marmorata: physiological, variable livedo
  • Cutis marmorata telangiectatica congenita: a congenital form of persistent livedo
  • Primary livedo reticularis: a benign form of livedo of unknown cause
  • Secondary livedo reticularis: association of livedo with an underlying systemic disease
  • Livedo racemosa: a generalised and persistent form of livedo.

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