Linear focal elastosis

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2023 Mar 1;48(3):175-180. doi: 10.1093/ced/llac071.


Linear focal elastosis (LFE) is an uncommon, benign, acquired elastotic condition with uncertain pathogenesis. It is characterized clinically by asymptomatic, multiple, yellowish, elevated, irregularly indurated, striae-like lines or bands distributed horizontally across the lower and middle part of the posterior trunk. The histopathological hallmark of LFE is a focal increase of elastic fibres in the dermis. The differential diagnosis is varied, and striae distensae is the closest mimic of LFE. Response of LFE to treatment is often poor. The focus of this article is to provide insights into this condition for dermatologists.

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Elastic Tissue / pathology
  • Humans
  • Skin Diseases* / pathology