During aging, there is a gradual decrease in the ability to maintain skeletal muscle function and mass. This condition is called " sarcopenia ", and may be distinct from atrophy in its pathophysiology. While the exact cause of sarcopenia is unknown, it may be induced by a combination of a gradual failure in the " satellite cells " which help to regenerate skeletal muscle fibers, and a decrease in sensitivity to or the availability of critical secreted growth factors which are necessary to maintain muscle mass and satellite cell survival. 
No. with Atopic Dermatitis
No. with Psoriasis vulgaris
Mean age (years)
43 (range 22-57)
Mean duration of treatment with Group III or IV topical steroids (years)
16 (range 6-25)
Localization of skin atrophy:
Clinical evaluation of severity of symptoms and signs of skin atrophy at baseline and at end of treatment.
Clinical parameters Mean severity at baseline Mean severity at end of treatment Decreased thickness of skin (range 2-3) Laxity (range 2-3) Purpura/Echymoses (range 1-3) Dryness Teleangiectasia (range 2-3) (range 1-2) Table 3.
Mean epidermal and dermal thickness, skin elasticity, erythemal and moisture indexes at baseline and after 8 months of treatment with Vivida of 40 patients with corticosteroid induced skin atrophy. Parameters Baseline 8 months Epidermal thickness (mm) (-) (-) Dermal thickness (mm) (-) (-) Elasticity Index 44 (39-53) 74 (65-78) Erythemal Index (-) (-) Moisture Index (11-37) (75-97)
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