Spider nevus.This very large spider nevus with its central arteriole developed in a patient with hepatic cirrhosis. Spider nevi develop through deficient estrogen metabolism, and a few can be seen in pregnancy or in patients taking the oral contraceptive. They occur in the distribution of the drainage of the superior vena cava and are therefore seen on the face, arms and upper trunk. Spider nevi will disappear following hepatic transplantation.
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