Skin discoloration – bluish

Alternative Names

Lips – bluish; Fingernails – bluish; Cyanosis; Bluish lips and fingernails; Bluish skin

Definition of Skin discoloration – bluish

Cyanosis is a bluish color to the skin or mucus membranes due to a lack of oxygen in the blood.

Review

David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 6/12/2009

Cyanosis of the nail bed

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