Cutis 2018 Sep;102(3):169;170;175;176
Department of Dermatology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Reports of levamisole-induced vasculopathy (LIV) secondary to use of levamisole-contaminated cocaine largely have been limited to the skin. We report the case of a 35-year-old woman with painful purpuric lesions affecting the cheeks, nose, ears, arms, and legs of several days' duration. She recently had used crack cocaine. A biopsy of a lesion on the right arm demonstrated leukocytoclastic vasculitis. She also reported abdominal pain and gastric reflux of recent onset but denied any history of gastrointestinal tract disease. An upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed and demonstrated hemorrhagic erosions of the esophagus and stomach similar in appearance to the cutaneous lesions. Because dermatologists often are the specialists making the diagnosis of LIV, it is important they inform other involved clinicians that the skin may not be the sole repository of vascular insult.
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