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Latest Edit: Iva 2012-08-03 (EDT)

Atrophy occurs when there is thinning of the epidermis and dermis, and is considered a secondary skin lesion.[1]

Common conditions associated involving atrophy include:

  • dermatomyositis
  • lichen sclerosus
  • necrobiosis lipodica
  • radiodermatitis.

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  1. Habif Thomas P., et al. (2005) Skin Disease, Diagnosis and Treatment Mosby.