Arthrochalasis Multiplex Congenita: Congenital Flaccidity of the Joints


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Abstract

Arthrochalasis multiplex congenita is a distinct clinical entity characterized by a multiple congenital flaccidity of the joints.It may be associated with laxity or hyperelasticity of the skin defined as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or it may exhibit hypermobility of the joints without involvement of the skin.The degree of the severity of the condition may vary from mild hyperextension of the metacarpophalangeal and metatarsophalangeal joints, classified as an aborted form of the disease, to flaccidity, subluxation, and complete dislocation of the joints.The condition is frequently heredofamilial and is apparently due to a constitutional dyscrasia of the mesenchyma.

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