26-year-old woman who looks 70 may have rare dermal condition

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Doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University Hospital said a rare dermal condition may have caused the rapid aging process seen in Nguyen Thi Phuong, a 26-year-old woman who looks like 70.

In a consultation on October 28, the doctors concluded that Phuong had acquired cutis laxa a groups of rare connective tissue disorders in which the skin becomes inelastic and hangs loosely in folds - and Mastocytosis - a group of rare disorders caused by the presence of too many mast cells in a person's body.

Prof. Dang Van Phuoc, deputy director of the HCMC Medicine and Pharmacy University Hospital, said there will be another consultation before the doctors reach a final conclusion in the next 10 days.


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"Cutis laxa made the woman look old. In fact, only her facial skin ages, not other parts of her body," Phuoc said.

He added the hospital will soon make an official announcement on what caused Phuong's facial aging process.


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