Congenital Fascial Dystrophy: The Stiff Skin Syndrome

Thomas N. Helm, Paul B. Wirth, Klaus Helm

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Congenital fascial dystrophy is an uncommon disorder that may mimic scleroderma. The skin is bound down and feels "wood hard" on palpation of the trunk and extremities. Sclerodactyly, telangiectases, and nail fold changes are not present. Unlike scleroderma, the onset is at birth. Flexion contractures result and other associated abnormalities may include developmental delay and mild hirsutism. We report a typical case to illustrate the clinical and pathologic findings of patients with this disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-154
Number of pages2
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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