Papillary dermal elastosis

Dermatol Online J. 2011 Oct 15;17(10):12.


There are numerous acquired disorders of elastic tissue that are distinguished by a combination of clinical appearance, location, gender, age of onset, and characteristic histopathologic findings. We present a case of a 36-year-old man with multiple confluent, hypopigmented papules that coalesced into plaques with prominent follicular ostia over the dorsal aspects of the forearms, shoulders, upper chest, and upper back. Histologically there was selective loss of papillary dermal elastic fibers. The clinical and histopathologic findings in this case are consistent with an acquired disorder of elastic tissue which we believe represents the second reported case of papillary dermal elastosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anetoderma / diagnosis
  • Collagen / analysis
  • Dermis / pathology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Elastic Tissue / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Skin Diseases / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases / pathology*


  • Collagen