Pseudoxanthoma elasticmn and pregnancy: A case report

M. Valenzano, A. Corticelli, M. Podestà, L. Nicoletti, S. Saffioti, L. Derchi

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Background: Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is a rare hereditary disease characterised by systemic degeneration of elastic tissue. Calcification of elastic fibres seen histologically is pathognomonic for the disorder. Most pseudoxanthoma elasticum patients show no serious complications during pregnancy. Case: We report a case of a 29-year-old white woman with pseudoxanthoma elasticum, who delivered a healthy infant at the 35th week by cesarean section after an uneventful pregnancy. Sonographic and histological placental findings are described. Conclusion: Pregnancy in a patient with pseudoxanthoma elasticum presents some problems such as the evolution of the disease in the soon to be mother and the influence of the disease on the pregnancy. In our case there were no fetal-maternal complications related to the disease except skin lesion aggravation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-217
Number of pages3
JournalClinical and Experimental Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Elastic tissue
  • Pseudoxanthoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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