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Hyperelastic skin is skin that can be stretched beyond what is considered normal, and then returns to normal.
Hyperelasticity occurs when there is a problem with the production of collagen fibers. Collagen is a type of protein that makes up much of the body's tissue.
Hyperelastic skin is most often seen in the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. People with this disorder are sometimes referred to as rubber men or women because of the increased elasticity of their skin and joints that can be bent more than is normally possible.
Other diseases that may cause easily stretchable skin include:
People with hyperelastic skin are more likely than others to have damage to the skin (cuts, scrapes, scarring). The skin may be more delicate than normal skin. Extra care must be taken to avoid damage to the skin, and the skin should be examined frequently for problems. Consult your health care provider for specific recommendations.
Call your health care provider if:
Your doctor will perform a physical examination.
Your doctor may ask questions about your symptoms, such as:
The physical examination may include detailed skin, skeleton, and muscle examination. The joints may be moved in several directions to assess the distance and direction of movement in each joint.
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