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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004 Dec;51(6):881-5.

Risk factors associated with striae gravidarum.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Striae gravidarum (SG) is a poorly characterized but common disfiguring condition of pregnancy.

OBJECTIVE:

To better characterize the epidemiological factors associated with SG.

METHODS:

An anonymous survey administered at Stanford Ambulatory Clinics sampled 161 women who had given birth.

RESULTS:

Forty-eight-point-three percent of women with SG (43/89) versus 19.4% without SG (14/72) reported mothers with SG (odds ratio = 7.0, 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.7, 18.6). Forty-seven percent of women with SG (42/89 women) versus 18.1% without SG (13/72) reported additional relatives with SG (odds ratio = 7.2, 95% CI 2.9, 18.2). Eighty-one percent of women with SG (68/84) versus 30.5% without SG (18/59) reported a history of breast or thigh striae (odds ratio = 8.6, 95% CI 3.8, 19.9). Forty-seven percent of women with SG versus 17% without SG were non-white (odds ratio = 4.2, 95% CI 1.9, 9.6).

CONCLUSION:

This study suggests that a history of breast or thigh striae, family history, and race is significantly predictive of SG development.

PMID:
15583577
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