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Br J Dermatol. 1997 Dec;137(6):955-7.

Linear focal elastosis (elastotic striae): increased number of elastic fibres determined by a video measuring system.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Vienna Medical School, Austria.


We present an unusual case of linear focal elastosis occurring exclusively on the legs of a 13-year-old girl. An increase of elastic fibres (EF) was demonstrated histologically, and the number of EF in lesional and normal skin was quantified using a video measuring system. EF were found to be increased by about 100% in lesional skin compared with unaffected skin. EF were elongated, thinned and split at their ends with a paintbrush formation.

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