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Acrokeratoelastoidosis Clinical Presentation

  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
Updated: Jun 08, 2016


The patient may complain of the gradual onset of small bumps over the margins of the hands and feet. After onset, the eruption remains stable indefinitely. Acrokeratoelastoidosis evident as a unilateral sporadic keratosis on the hand and foot has been described in a prepubescent child.[12]

No local or systemic symptoms are associated with acrokeratoelastoidosis. Some reports show acrokeratoelastoidosis in patients with localized or systemic scleroderma, but the relationship between these 2 diseases is not conclusive.



A cluster of small, discrete, grouped papules characterizes acrokeratoelastoidosis. The papules are usually 2-5 mm in diameter and often occur in a linear distribution. These small round-oval– to rhomboid–shaped yellowish papules are most commonly localized to the palmar surfaces of the hands and, sometimes, on the plantar surfaces of the feet. The margins of both hands and one or both feet are the only areas affected. In rare instances, the lesions spread to the dorsum of the hands, feet, or both. See the image below.

Acrokeratoelastoidosis. Courtesy of William D JameAcrokeratoelastoidosis. Courtesy of William D James, MD.

The papules resemble plane warts, but they are more keratotic and firm; they do not coalesce. Some translucency is often evident. Occasionally, just a few papules are present. It may rarely appear as plaques.[13]

A case of acrokeratoelastoidosis has been seen in association with nail dystrophic changes. Further observations may lead to the definition of a new entity.[14]



No local or systemic causes have been identified. Autosomal dominant transmission is common. Sporadic cases of acrokeratoelastoidosis are also described. One report described a patient with endogenous ochronosis showing clinical features similar to acrokeratoelastoidosis.[15]

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH Professor and Head of Dermatology, Professor of Pathology, Pediatrics, Medicine, and Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Visiting Professor, Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration

Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, New York Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Physicians, Sigma Xi

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Enrico Ceccolini, MD Consulting Staff, Department of Dermatology, University of Bologna, Italy. Private Practice, Pesaro, Italy.

Enrico Ceccolini, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, International Society of Dermatology, Society for Pediatric Dermatology

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Specialty Editor Board

Michael J Wells, MD, FAAD Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L Foster School of Medicine

Michael J Wells, MD, FAAD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association

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Warren R Heymann, MD Head, Division of Dermatology, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

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Chief Editor

William D James, MD Paul R Gross Professor of Dermatology, Vice-Chairman, Residency Program Director, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

William D James, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Investigative Dermatology

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Additional Contributors

Carrie L Kovarik, MD Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Infectious Diseases, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Carrie L Kovarik, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha

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Acrokeratoelastoidosis. Courtesy of William D James, MD.
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