How is cutis hyperelastica (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome) differentiated from cutis laxa?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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An important distinction remains between Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (cutis hyperelastica) and cutis laxa. Elective procedures should be discouraged in patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome because of the poor healing of the skin. The elasticity has some variance in that younger individuals appear to have normal elasticity, but with aging, the skin becomes more relaxed and redundant.


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