What causes elastoderma?

The exact underlying cause of elastoderma is currently unknown. It is thought to occur when there is an over-production of elastin in a specific area of skin. Elastin is a protein that is a vital component of skin and other connective tissues throughout the body. It serves many roles. For example, elastin provides strength and flexibility to connective tissues; give structural support to organs and tissues such as the heart, skin, and lungs; and helps the skin return to its original position when it is poked or pinched (recoil). It is unclear what causes this increase in elastin synthesis in people affected by elastoderma.

Last updated on 05-01-20

How is elastoderma diagnosed?

A diagnosis of elastoderma is generally made in people with characteristic signs and symptoms once other conditions that cause similar features have been ruled out. A skin biopsy may be recommended to confirm the diagnosis.

Last updated on 05-01-20

How might elastoderma be treated?

Due to the rarity of the condition, there is no standard therapy available for elastoderma. In some reported cases, the affected skin has been partially excised (removed). However, hyperlaxity of skin often returns following the surgery.

Last updated on 05-01-20

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