Cutaneous asthenia (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome) in a Korean short-haired cat

  • Seo, Sang-Hyuk (VIP Animal Medical Center) ;
  • Choi, Miru (Section of Small Animal Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Hyun, Changbaig (Section of Small Animal Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kangwon National University)
  • Received : 2016.01.29
  • Accepted : 2016.03.08
  • Published : 2016.03.31


A 1-year-old Korean domestic short-haired cat presented with skin hyperextensibility and a severely macerated wound on the skin of the dorsal part of the neck. Diagnostic studies including histopathology and skin extensibility index revealed congenital cutaneous asthenia (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome). In this cat, the skin wounds and defects were successfully managed with standard wound management and cosmetic surgery. Although skin hyperextensibility is persistent, the cat has lived well without other complications to date. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of cutaneous asthenia in a cat in Korea.


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