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n. pl. pe·te·chi·ae (-kē-ī′)
A small purplish spot on a body surface, such as the skin or a mucous membrane, caused by a minute hemorrhage and often seen in typhus.

[New Latin, from Italian petecchie, pl. of petecchia, spot on skin, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *petīcula, short for *impetīcula, diminutive of Latin impetīx, impetīc-, variant of impetīgō; see impetigo.]

pe·te′chi·al adj.
pe·te′chi·ate (-ĭt) adj.
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Sometimes when gua sha is performed on the body, the medium or hard pressure may cause capillaries to disrupt, producing red or purple marks called petechiae.
Clinical signs include coughing, gasping, sneezing, diarrhoea, petechiae, twisted neck and paresis of legs and wings.
Other signs and symptoms include tachycardia, petechiae, and lymphadenopathy.
As per the study, occupational exposure to cement can also cause skin reactions like cement burns, toxic paronychia, subungual necrosis, folliculitis and petechiae.
[3, 4] Cutaneous manifestations vary from rash, itch, petechiae, and flushing.
Gross lesions included pale skeletal muscle with multifocal hemorrhages and petechiae in the air sacs and serosal surfaces of most organs.
The classic clinical sign of FE syndrome is cutaneous petechiae; the characteristic petechial rash is observed in areas such as the head, neck, axillae, subconjunctiva, and anterior thorax.[2] In this case, the patient did not have cutaneous petechiae, and transesophageal echocardiography showed severe right ventricular dilatation and pulmonary hypertension; thus, he was diagnosed with PE, not FE.
Bruises, petechiae, epistaxis and hematemesis remained the common presentations.
Those symptoms include petechiae, skin bruises, gum bleeding and others.
Other symptoms include red eyes, a flushed face, a red throat, and petechiae (red spots) on the palate, Dr Shehzad added.