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Skin indentations, scars, dark and red. What are they?

Hi Samuel My friend has these odd skin indentations on his back. He claims to never have done anything physical that would have caused the indentations. They look almost scar-like. Very dark red. You can feel the way the skin goes down a little where the indentations are. They look almost like burn marks, if anything. Or whip marks. But nothing has actually happened to him as such. Is there anything you know of the problem?
Asked On : Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response

It seems that your friend is having macular atrophy of skin.

It is known as anetoderma.

Lesions may be flat, raised or depressed, skin-coloured or bluish-white.

There are two types... Primary and secondary.

There is no cause in primary. And secondary follows some disease.

In your friend, it seems primary anetoderma.

It may be diagnosed clinically. If needed ,skin biopsy may be done.

There is no successful treatment to reverse the already formed lesions of anetoderma. If there are few lesions, excision should be done.

For firm diagnosis and treatment , you consult dermatologist.


Dr. Ilyas patel MD
Answered: Fri, 28 Jun 2013
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