Dermatoporosis – The Chronic Cutaneous Fragility Syndrome

  • Uwe Wollina Academic Teaching Hospital DresdenDepartment of Dermatology and Allergology
  • Torello Lotti Department of Dermatology, University of Rome “G. Marconi”, Rome, Italy
  • Aleksandra Vojvodic Department of Gynecology, Military Medical Academy, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Andreas Nowak Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Pain Management, Städtisches Klinikum Dresden
Keywords: Skin aging; Skin fragility; Wound healing, Bruises;, Dermatoporosis, ICU


Dermatoporosis is an important clinical condition leading to chronic skin fragility. It can be separated into primary and secondary subtypes, with the latter induced by medical drugs and environmental factors. Dermatoporosis can be classified into 4 major stages with increasing morbidity and mortality with the advanced stages. Its aetiology has been related to the epidermal hyalusome. Dermatoporosis is a cause of mortality in the intensive care unit and should be known not only by a dermatologist but another medical speciality as well. Prevention is of major importance. Therapeutic options are limited but available.


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Author Biography

Uwe Wollina, Academic Teaching Hospital DresdenDepartment of Dermatology and Allergology

Head of Department of Dermatology and Allergology


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Wollina U, Lotti T, Vojvodic A, Nowak A. Dermatoporosis – The Chronic Cutaneous Fragility Syndrome. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2019Aug.30 [cited 2020Oct.20];7(18):3046-9. Available from:

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