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Cyanosis: Introduction

Further information about Cyanosis is below, or review more specific information about these types of Cyanosis: blue skin, purple skin, Ankle blueness, Arm blueness, Back blueness, Breast blueness, Buttock blueness, Calf blueness or other types.

Cyanosis is a severe condition indicating a lack of oxygen in the blood supply. This can arise due to various severe illnesses that inhibit circulation or oxygen takeup. Localized cyanosis can also occur in areas of poor circulation such as the hands and fingers in Raynaud's phenomenon. Cyanosis may also be described as purple skin or dark skin in some cases. Any form of cyanosis needs medical investigation....more »

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Causes of Cyanosis:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Cyanosis. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Cyanosis:

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Cyanosis: Symptom Checker

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Cyanosis Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Cyanosis may include:

  • Infections are often treated with antibiotics
  • Avoiding exposure to cold temperatures or warming the body may eliminate cyanosis related to cold temperatures
  • Oxygen†may be needed to relieve†shortness of breath
  • Some conditions, such as heart defects present at birth, may be treated with†open heart surgery
  • Diuretics and other heart medications may be needed if heart failure is the cause
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy†may be needed for lung cancer
  • more treatments...»

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Stories from Users for Cyanosis

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Message Boards for Cyanosis

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Diagnostic tests for Cyanosis:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Cyanosis. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Temperature, Blood pressure and pulse rate - to assess possible shock.
    • Cardiovascular examination for murmur or enlarged heart - may suggest rheumatic carditis, congenital heart disease or congestive heart failure.
    • Examine for reduced or absent peripheral pulses, cool peripheries, absence of hairs on peripheries to diagnose peripheral vascular disease
    • Examine respiratory system for any lung causes of cyanosis
    • If blue hands; examine for finger tip ulcers which may be a complication of Raynaud's phenomenon and also examine for any signs of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, polyarteritis nodosa, Buerger's disease, polycythaemia, leukemia, polymyositis and dermatomyositis that may cause Raynaud's phenomenon
  • Blood tests
  • more tests...»

Cyanosis: Animations

Medications or substances causing Cyanosis:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Cyanosis as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Cyanosis: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Cyanosis may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Cyanosis

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Cyanosis. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

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Cyanosis: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Cyanosis

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Cyanosis: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Causes of Cyanosis listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Cyanosis as a symptom include:

Definitions of Cyanosis:

Blueness of the skin caused by excessive amounts of deoxyhemoglobin in the skin vessels.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

A bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes; a sign that oxygen in the blood is dangerously diminished (as in carbon monoxide poisoning)
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Blueness of the skin caused by excessive amounts of deoxyhemoglobin in the skin vessels.
- (Source - CRISP)

Organs affected by Cyanosis:

The list of organs typically affected by Cyanosis may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Cyanosis

The list below shows some of the causes of Cyanosis mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Cyanosis?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Cyanosis. Of the 439 causes of Cyanosis that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 11 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 9 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 12 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 423 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Cyanosis:

The following list of conditions have 'Cyanosis' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Cyanosis:

The following list of medical conditions have Cyanosis or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.





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Causes of Cyanosis Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Cyanosis based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Cyanosis?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Cyanosis, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Cyanosis:

    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Cyanosis:

    Subtypes of Cyanosis:

    Blue skin (412 causes), Purple skin (16 causes), Ankle blueness (10 causes), Arm blueness (11 causes), Back blueness (9 causes), Breast blueness (10 causes), Buttock blueness (10 causes), Calf blueness (13 causes), Chest blueness (9 causes), Chin blueness (10 causes), Ear blueness (7 causes), Elbow blueness (11 causes), Eye blueness (2 causes), Eyelid blueness (5 causes), Facial blueness (9 causes), Finger blueness (17 causes), Fingernail blueness (12 causes), Knee blueness (11 causes), Leg blueness (13 causes), Nipple blueness (9 causes), Nose blueness (9 causes), Wrist blueness (11 causes), Central cyanosis (25 causes), Cyanotic skin (24 causes), Blue hands (18 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Cyanosis:

    Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Skin color changes (2348 causes), Blue skin (412 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Blood symptoms (2297 causes), Circulatory system symptoms (1579 causes), Skin colour symptoms (2348 causes), Mucus membrane symptoms (832 causes), Blood vessel symptoms (480 causes), Abnormal blood test symptoms (1538 causes)

    Symptoms related to Cyanosis:

    Purple skin (16 causes), Dark skin (136 causes), Skin color changes (2348 causes), Redness (534 causes), Whitening (69 causes), Pallor (536 causes), Breathing difficulty (2922 causes), Breathing symptoms (3381 causes), Circulation symptoms (1579 causes), Hypoxia (69 causes), Nail bed, Methhaemoglobinemia, Bronchospasm (221 causes), Congenital heart disease (68 causes), Heart failure (274 causes)

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