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August 1961

Cutis Laxa

Author Affiliations


Charity Hospital of Louisiana at New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology (Dr. Schreiber); Louisiana State University, Department of Dermatology (Dr. Tilley; Dr. Barrett Kennedy, Chairman).

Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(2):266-272. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580140092012

Introduction  Cutis laxa is an infrequently discussed entity which manifests itself primarily as loose redundant skin and may be accompanied by internal anomalies. It may be classified as one of the genodermatoses showing a dominant pattern in some of the congenital phenotypes. Confusion about this disorder stems not alone from nomenclature* but also from lack of photographs, histopathology, genetic analysis, and associated internal abnormalities in many case reports. The study of 4 persons with this disorder recently seen at Charity Hospital prompts this report.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.—  A Negro man (Fig. 1), born in 1910, was relatively asymptomatic until 1941 when he noticed an increase in the size of his hands. In 1945, at age 35, he observed a loosening of the skin over his head and neck. Hospitalization in 1951 found him to have a markedly redundant skin in thick folds over his entire scalp, face, and neck.

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