Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum (PXE) is a progressive disorder that is characterized by the accumulation of deposits of calcium and other minerals in elastic fibers i.e. components of connective tissue which provide strength and flexibility to structures throughout the body. People suffering from Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum may have yellowish bumps called papules on their necks, underarms and other areas of skin that touch when a joint bends. Some of the common signs of Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum include skin changes, changes in the retina of the eye that may lead to loss of central vision, decreased blood flow in the arms and legs and changes in the gastrointestinal system that may lead to bleeding in the stomach.
HOW IS PSEUDOXANTHOMA ELASTICUM DIAGNOSED?
Changes in the skin are typically the earliest sign of Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum and allow the Dermatologist to diagnoses Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum. However, in some cases, the doctor conducts a small biopsy of a lesion to confirm the diagnosis of Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum.
HOW IS PSEUDOXANTHOMA ELASTICUM TREATED?
Besides medication, physical therapies help in the treatment of Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum.
DID YOU KNOW?
That Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum is seen in females more than in males?