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Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 870605, 3 pages
Case Report

Arms Lift in a Case of Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum

1Dipartimento di Discipline Chirurgiche, Rianimatorie e dei Trapianti, Policlinico S.Orsola-Malpighi, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Via Massarenti 9, 40128 Bologna, Italy
2Insegnamento di Chirurgia Plastica, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Via Massarenti 9, 40127 Bologna, Italy
3Servizio di Chirurgia, Villa Chiara Hospital Via Porrettana 170, Casalecchio di Reno, 40033 Bologna, Italy

Received 30 October 2012; Accepted 20 December 2012

Academic Editors: M. Curzio, N. Oiso, and R. Strohal

Copyright © 2013 P. Panettiere et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is a rare hereditary disorder of elastin fibers, characterized by yellowish coalescent papules in flexural surfaces with abnormally lax and corrugated skin. It can be associated to systemic manifestations mostly regarding eyes and vessels. Aesthetic surgery of cutaneous hyperlaxity was described in the international literature only in few cases, mostly as neck lift. A 40-year-old woman presented with cutaneous signs of PXE, demanding brachioplasty. Results after a nine-month followup are quite satisfying, and no signs of local recurrence or scar alterations are present.