Cutis laxa is a rare, inherited or acquired disorder involving the connective tissue. In this disease, the skin becomes inelastic and hangs loosely in folds. Symptoms of Cutis laxa are:
• Loose, inelastic and hanging skin
• Fragility of skin
• Easy bruisability
• Poor wound healing
• Rectal prolapsed
• Hernias of internal organs
HOW IS CUTIS LAXA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of cutis laxa is based upon identification of the symptoms, a detailed patient history, a thorough clinical evaluation and a variety of specialized tests. Surgical removal and microscopic examination (biopsy) of affected skin can reveal characteristic changes in elastic fibers. Molecular genetic testing can detect mutations in specific genes known to cause cutis laxa.
HOW IS CUTIS LAXA TREATED?
The treatment of cutis laxa is based on the specific symptoms that are diagnosed in the patient. Treatment may require the coordinated efforts of a team of specialists. Paediatricians, surgeons, dermatologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, neurologists, and other healthcare professionals may need to systematically and comprehensively plan an affect child’s treatment. Genetic counselling may be of benefit for affected individuals and their families. Psychosocial support for the entire family is essential as well. Medicines may be prescribed in some cases and cosmetic surgery may be required for various skin types.
DID YOU KNOW?
Genetic counselling may benefit the affected individual and their families