Qualitative Problems Of The Skin

Etiology

  • Loss of elasticity and sub-cutaneous fat
  • Impaired nutritional status due co-morbid illness: chronic kidney disease, chronic infection, cancer, substance abuse (e.g. ETOH), other
  • Sepecific nutritional deficiencies, e.g. vitamin c (see link below)

Risk Factors

  • Older age
  • Sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Chronic steroid use
  • Chronic underlying diseases (e.g. chronic infection, cancer, cancer treatments, chronic kidney disease, catabolic states for other reasons, etc.)

Symptoms

  • Skin often tears rather than developing linear cut when injured→ complex wounds

Links