Cutis laxa (also known as Chalazoderma, Dermatochalasis, Dermatolysis, Dermatomegaly, Generalized elastolysis, Generalized elastorrhexis, or Pachydermatocele) is a group of rare connective tissue disorders in which the skin becomes inelastic and hangs loosely in folds. It is characterized by skin that is loose, hanging, wrinkled, and lacking in elasticity. The loose skin is often most noticeable on the face, resulting in a prematurely aged appearance. The affected areas of skin may be thickened and dark. In addition, the joints are loose (hypermobility) because of lax ligaments and tendons. When cutis laxa is severe, it can also affect the internal organs. The lungs, heart (supra valvular pulmonary stenosis), intestines, or arteries may be affected by a variety of severe impairments. In some cases, hernias and outpouching of the bladder can be observed. Patients also present with blue sclera
HOW IS CUTIS LAXA DIAGNOSED?
A skin biopsy may become essential to identify the conditio though a general physician can indicate the disease by a thorough physical examination
HOW IS CUTIS LAXA TREATED?
Treatments for cutis laxa depend on your symptoms. A team of specialists — including cardiologists, pulmonologists, dermatologists, and surgeons — may treat the condition. Cosmetic surgery can tighten skin that is loosened due to cutis laxa. These results may last temporarily as the skin can often loosen again. People with cutis laxa should avoid certain activities, including smoking and excess sun exposure. These can make symptoms worse.
DID YOU KNOW?
Poor muscle tone and short stature are also some symptoms of the condition.