Crown vessels

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 Author(s): Ralph P. Braun
Description Describes dermoscopy of crown vessels
Author(s) Ralph P. Braun
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Status update June 29, 2017
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Crown vessels comprise linear, curved vessels with minimal branching, situated along the periphery and extending toward the center without crossing it, giving the appearance of a crown[1].

Differential diagnosis

Crown vessels are characteristic of sebaceous hyperplasia; this pattern was seen in 83.3% of sebaceous hyperplasia with a PPV of 83.3%[2]. Crown vessels may also be seen in molluscum contagiosum [3].

Sebaceous hyperplasia schematic.jpg
Sebaceous hyperplasia displaying crown vessels


  1. Argenziano et al.: Vascular structures in skin tumors: a dermoscopy study. Arch Dermatol 2004;140:1485-9. PMID: 15611426. DOI.
  2. Zaballos et al.: Dermoscopy of sebaceous hyperplasia. Arch Dermatol 2005;141:808. PMID: 15967945. DOI.
  3. Morales et al.: Dermoscopy of molluscum contagiosum. Arch Dermatol 2005;141:1644. PMID: 16365277. DOI.
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