Loss or reduction of individual structures. affecting epidermis, dermis and/or subcutaneous tissue.
Color: white, blue, pale yellow.
Underlying vessels often seen.
In sclerosis, often a smooth, white, tight epidermis.
Depends on etiology.
Terminal condition following a variety of processes.
Mucosal atrophy (hormone deficiency, iron deficiency).
Sclerosis, congenital defects.
Comment / Explanation
Atrophoderma; rarely congenital atrophy of skin (i.e. aplasia cutis congenitalis).
Poikiloderma: atrophy, hyper- and depigmentation, telangiectasias.
Age-related atrophy (dermatoporosis).
Sclerosis: scleroderma, lichen sclerosus, lupus.
Poikiloderma: radiation dermatitis.
Systemic and topical corticosteroids.
Intrinsic and extrinsic cutaneous aging.
Striae distensae (stretch marks of pregnancy).
Cachexia in patients with terminal illnesses.