Service de Dermatologie, Faculté de Médecine, Cliniques universitaires, Bruxelles.
Six patients of the same family present with micronodular and generalized familial angiomatosis. Four of them have been investigated. Their problem is purely esthetic; however an asymptomatic form of von Willebrand disease has been found in a female and one of her daughters. The light microscope reveals a network of dilated capillaries in the superficial dermis. Electron microscope investigation of the endothelium demonstrates on abundance of Weibel-Palade bodies, the presence of osmiophilic inclusions within clear vacuoles, the occurrence of long spacing collagen fibrils in the vicinity of endothelial and perithelial cells; furthermore, cytoplasmic projections within the lumen constitute the most dramatic and constant feature: there are many villosities, loops, coils, tufts and entanglements in all four cases.
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