Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum (PXE)

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It is possible that the main title of the report Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum (PXE) is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.


  • Gronblad-Strandberg syndrome
  • elastosis dystrophica syndrome (obsolete)
  • systemic elastorrhexis (obsolete)

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Pseudoxanthoma elasticum, PXE, is an inherited disorder caused y mutations in the ABCC6 transporter gene that affects connective tissue in some parts of the body. Elastic tissue in the body becomes mineralized; that is, calcium and other minerals are deposited in the tissue. This can result in changes in the skin, eyes, cardiovascular system, and gastrointestinal system. Clinicians first recognized PXE more than 100 years ago. Researchers have made a number of significant advances in the past few years.


National Association for Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum
8760 Manchester Road
St. Louis, MO 63144-2724
Tel: (314)962-0100
Fax: (314)962-0100

NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Information Clearinghouse
One AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
Tel: (301)495-4484
Fax: (301)718-6366
Tel: (877)226-4267
TDD: (301)565-2966

NIH/National Eye Institute
31 Center Dr
MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
United States
Tel: (301)496-5248
Fax: (301)402-1065

NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20892-0105
Tel: (301)592-8573
Fax: (301)251-1223

Coalition for Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue (CHDCT)
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 404
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202)362-9599
Fax: (202)966-8553
Tel: (800)778-7171

PXE International, Inc.
4301 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 404
Washington, DC 20008-2304
Tel: (202)362-9599
Fax: (202)966-8553

MD Support - The Eyes of the Macular Degeneration Community
3600 Blue Ridge Blvd
Grandview, MO 64030
Tel: (816)761-7080
Fax: (816)761-7080

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766

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Last Updated:  3/12/2012
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