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Stiff skin syndrome

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Stiff skin syndrome is a connective tissue disorder characterized by hard, thick skin, usually over the entire body, which limits joint mobility and causes stiff joints. Other occasional findings include lipodystrophy (loss of body fat), muscle weakness, and short stature. Only about 40 cases have been reported in the literature. This condition is thought to be caused by mutations in the FBN1 gene and inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion.[1][2]
Last updated: 6/15/2011


  1. Loeys BL, Gerber EE, Riegert-Johnson D, Iqbal S, Whiteman P, McConnell V, Chillakuri CR, Macaya D, Coucke PJ, De Paepe A, Judge DP, Wigley F, Davis EC, Mardon HJ, Handford P, Keene DR, Sakai LY, Dietz HC. Mutations in fibrillin-1 cause congenital scleroderma: stiff skin syndrome. Sci Transl Med. 2010; Accessed 6/14/2011.
  2. Stiff Skin Syndrome, SSKS. Online Mendelian Inheritance of Man (OMIM). August 2010; Accessed 6/14/2011.
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  • The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
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