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J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2003 Sep;17(5):504-11.

Cholesterol crystal embolization: an atherosclerotic disease with frequent and varied cutaneous manifestations.

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Department of Dermatology and Skin Surgery, Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.


In this paper the basic pathogenesis of cholesterol crystal embolization (CCE) is described, its clinical characteristics are presented and diagnosis and therapy are discussed. The main focus will be on the cutaneous manifestations; however, considering that CCE is a systemic illness, findings in other organs will also be highlighted, particularly the commonly involved renal and gastrointestinal systems.

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