Scar atrophic L90.5

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 07.10.2021

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Synonym(s)

Atrophy scarred; Narrow atrophy

Definition
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Insufficient connective tissue replacement of a skin defect with permanent epithelial thinning.

Classification
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Depending on the shape and relief, atrophic scars are classified:

  • ice pick: narrow, spatter-like, sunken in with sharp edges
  • box scar: as if punched out, with steeply sloping scar edges
  • rolling scar: flat trough-like skin impressions

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Etiopathogenesis
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Atrophic scars occur after intracutaneous inflammatory processes, and are strictly limited to the area of the basic pathological process.

Clinical features
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The prototype of atrophic scars are striae cutis distensae in obesity, pregnancy or rapid growth. Furthermore, they are found in the various forms of acne. Furthermore, injuries to the skin or radiation damage of any kind can lead to atrophic scars.

Complication(s)
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In case of severe cosmetic disturbance, surgical scar correction if necessary.

Literature
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  1. Mustoe TA et al (2005) International clinical recommendations on scar management. Plast Reconstr Surgery 110: 560-571
  2. Poetschke J et al (2016) Current options for the treatment of pathological scarring. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges 14:467-477.
  3. Van Loey NE et al (2008) Itching following burns: epidemiology and predictors. Br J Dermatol 158:95-100.

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Atrophy, scarring; Camouflage;

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Last updated on: 07.10.2021