Medical Q&As

Spider naevi

I have spider naevi on my chest. I have been told that they may be a sign of liver disease. Is this so? I donít drink a lot.

Spider naevi are characterised by a small central dot formed by a small arteriole from which numerous smaller blood vessels radiate. As the name suggests they look like tiny spiders on the skin. They can be associated with excessive alcohol consumption. They occur on the face, arms and upper part of the body. They are sometimes seen in pregnancy and in cases of over activity in the thyroid gland. Spider naevi can also occur in perfectly normal people.