Cutaneous Microembolism of Fingers and Toes


  • Uwe Wollina Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Städtisches Klinikum Dresden, Friedrichstrasse 41, 01067 Dresden
  • André Koch Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Städtisches Klinikum Dresden, Friedrichstrasse 41, 01067 Dresden
  • Birgit Heinig Center for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Medicine, Städtisches Klinikum Dresden, Dresden
  • Georgi Tchernev Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Dermatologic Surgery, Medical Institute of Ministry of Interior; Onkoderma Policlinic for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Sofia
  • Torello Lotti Università Degli Studi "G. Marconi”, Rome



Microembolism, Skin, Infections, Tumors, Metabolic disorders, Autoimmune disorders, Coagulation disorders, Physical factors, Vascular occlusive disease


A macro vascular embolism is a well-known emergency. In contrast, cutaneous microembolism is a lesser known symptom. However, cutaneous microembolism of fingers and toes is a red flag symptom for vascular emergencies. The underlying cause may involve infectious, immunological, metabolic and physical disorders, coagulation disorders and malignancies. Early recognition can help to live safe.


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Wollina U, Koch A, Heinig B, Tchernev G, Lotti T. Cutaneous Microembolism of Fingers and Toes. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2018 Jan. 3 [cited 2021 Apr. 11];6(1):166-9. Available from:

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