Cutis laxa is a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissues of the body. Connective tissue holds together skin, muscles, organs and joints.
The term, from the Latin for “loose skin,” causes the skin to lose its elasticity and sag. This can be seen most in the face, neck, armpits and groin. It can also have effects on the internal organs, most importantly the blood vessels, heart and lungs. Hernias can also form in the abdomen.
Children with cutis laxa sometimes develop emphysema. Overall, the symptoms range from mild or life-threatening.