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Favre-Racouchot syndrome
See also in: External and Internal Eye
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Favre-Racouchot syndrome

See also in: External and Internal Eye
Contributors: Noah Craft MD, PhD, Lindy P. Fox MD, Lowell A. Goldsmith MD, MPH
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Synopsis

Favre-Racouchot syndrome, also known as solar or senile comedones and nodular elastosis with cysts and comedones, is a disorder of the skin resulting from chronic exposure to the sun. After decades, small cysts and large blackheads form on the face and neck. Unlike the comedones of acne vulgaris, comedones in Favre-Racouchot syndrome do not become inflamed. The sebaceous glands may also atrophy. The lesions are most commonly seen on the face (in particular on the temples, cheeks, and periorbital area) of elderly adults.

It is more common in patients with a heavy smoking history. Other types of radiation exposure also increase the risk. Men of Northern European descent are more commonly affected than women and individuals with darker skin phototypes. Because the disease is benign, any treatment other than sun protection measures is for cosmetic purposes only.

Codes

ICD10CM:
L57.8 – Other skin changes due to chronic exposure to nonionizing radiation

SNOMEDCT:
111200005 – Favre-Racouchot syndrome

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Favre-Racouchot syndrome
See also in: External and Internal Eye
Favre-Racouchot syndrome : Inferior eyelid, Open comedone, Temple, Tobacco use, Cheeks
Clinical image of Favre-Racouchot syndrome
Numerous open comedones of varying sizes and a few yellowish papules (small cysts) arising in sun-damaged skin on the cheek and nasal bridge.
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