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Dermatoporosis, a prevalent skin condition affecting the elderly: current situation and potential treatments

Gürkan Kaya, Aysin Kaya, Olivier Sorg, Jean-Hilaire Saurat
Clinics in Dermatology 2019, 37 (4): 346-350
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The term "dermatoporosis" was introduced a decade ago to highlight the need to pay attention to the problems posed by premature skin aging beyond esthetic considerations. People with this condition have a thinner skin that becomes fragile, tends to tear, and may lead to deep dissecting hematomas-as a final stage-corresponding to a medical emergency. Various studies have demonstrated a high prevalence of dermatoporosis in the elderly, with women being more exposed than men. We have developed a scoring system for dermatoporosis, providing different strategies to treat and prevent this skin condition, as well as a followup of patients treated at the University Hospital of Geneva.

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