What is the presentation of cutis hyperelastica (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome)?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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All patients have variable fragility of the skin and blood vessels. Their response to injury is poor, with easy bruising and blister and hematoma formation following minimal shear injury. Similarly, they heal very poorly. Simple lacerations result in large separated wounds that tend to retract. The overall tensile strength in the skin is poor and fails to adequately hold suture material.


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