Angela Yen, Julie Wen, Manuel Grau, Ramon L. Sanchez, Edgar B. Smith

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Elastoderma is an exceedingly rare condition that is characterized clinically as an acquired localized laxity of skin resembling cutis laxa and histologically as an excessive accumulation of pleomorphic elastic structures within the dermis. We report the case of a 27-year-old white man with a 20year history of lax, extensible, wrinkled skin with areas of protrusion and ulceration localized to the anterior aspect and back of the neck. Histologic examination of specimens from the affected area revealed increased masses of intertwined thin, elastic fibers without calcification in the papillary and upper reticular dermis. Transmission and scanning electron microscopy demonstrated irregular deposition of elastic material at the periphery of elastic tissue fibers, with grapelike globular structures. To our knowledge, this is the second reported case of elastoderma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-392
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number2 PART 2
StatePublished - Aug 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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