Parkes Weber Syndrome

Also known as: PKWS.

What is Parkes Weber syndrome?

Parkes Weber syndrome is a birth defect that involves the presence of arteriovenous malformations. These are abnormal blood vessels present where the arteries connect with the veins.

What causes Parkes Weber syndrome?

Parkes Weber syndrome is the result of a genetic mutation. In some cases, the disease is hereditary and passed down from parents to children. Other times the mutation occurs randomly.

What are the symptoms of Parkes Weber syndrome?

Common symptoms of Parkes Weber syndrome include bleeding below the skin, limb swelling and pain, heart problems, skin infections and red birthmarks.

What are Parkes Weber syndrome care options?

In some cases, surgery is recommended to repair the abnormal blood vessels present with Parkes Weber syndrome. Other complications can be treated on a case by case basis as they occur.

Reviewed by: Paul A Cardenas, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/4/2018 8:52:53 AM

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