Violaceous plaques, joint hypermobility, scoliosis: what common cause?

April 12, 2012

Joint hypermobility; “cigarette-paper” skin; keloid scars; and pectus and scoliosis: to what common diagnosis do these disparate findings in 3 different patients point? Click here for more details.

 

 

 


Case and photos courtesy of Golder N. Wilson, MD, PhD


A 16-year-old girl has joint hypermobility and unusual skin elasticity; a 12-year-old girl can “pop” many of her joints and shows off by turning her elbows completely anterior and joining her hands, one over her shoulder, the other around her back; a 2-year-old boy has many violaceous plaques over pressure points and some scars with purplish edges on his forehead, elbows, forearms, and knees.

To what common diagnosis do these disparate findings in 3 different patients point?

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