Keloids - Overview
Hypertrophic scar; Keloid scar; Scar - hypertrophic
Definition of Keloids:
Keloids are the excess growth of scar tissue at the site of a healed skin injury.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors:
Keloids occur from such skin injuries as:
- Ear piercing
- Minor scratches
- Surgical cuts
- Traumatic wounds
- Vaccination sites
They are more common in people ages 10 to 20, and in African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics. Keloids often run in families. Keloidosis is a term used when many or repeated keloids occur.
- Reviewed last on: 10/5/2010
- Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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Habif TP. Benign skin tumors. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 20.
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