By Gary M. White, MD

Cutis Marmorata Telangiectatica

Cutis Marmorata Telangiectatica Congenita (CMTC) is a congenital abnormality of the skin.


CMTC is a localized or generalized reticulated, vascular, blue-violet network that is usually present at birth, but may rarely appear in the first year or so of life.   CMTC has some similarities to cutis marmorata (physiologic mottling of the skin). The presence of atrophy, skin ulceration, and sharp demarcation of a localized lesion that does not disappear after warming all distinguish CMTC from physiological cutis marmorata.   


In the majority of patients, the vascular skin lesions improve or totally disappear by 2 years of age. It has been suggested that patients should be referred to an ophthalmologist or neurologist if symptoms are present or if vascular lesions are present around the eyes [AD 1999;135;34]. Special attention should be given to limb lengths to detect any discrepancies.

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