The cause of striae distensae.

  title={The cause of striae distensae.},
  author={Sam Shuster},
  journal={Acta dermato-venereologica. Supplementum},
  volume={59 85},
  • Sam Shuster
  • Published 1979 in Acta dermato-venereologica. Supplementum
Striae are always initiated by stretch whether the stretch is excessive or minimal: spontaneous striae do not occur. Cross-linkage of collagen appears to be more important than amount of collagen in permitting striae in response to stretch. An increase in cross linkage as in age increases the resistance to stretch deformation, but this rigidity leads ultimately to tearing of the skin and not striae. At the other extreme, the absence of crosslinkage leads to "elasticity" and excessive stretching… CONTINUE READING
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