By Gary M. White, MD

Reticular telangiectatic erythema (RTE) is an unusual cutaneous reaction to a foreign object. It has been reported to occur in skin overlying pacemakers and other implantable medical devices, sternal wires, and nonabsorbable sutures [JEADV 2016;30;194].


There is a reticulated and/or telangiectatic erythema of the skin overlying a foreign object in the skin.


The condition is benign, but a good history should be taken to assure that the erythema does not represent infection. Removing the object usually clears the skin.


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