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Michelin tire baby syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Kunze Riehm syndrome
  • Skin creases, multiple benign ring-shaped, of limbs
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What is Michelin tire baby syndrome?

Michelin tire baby syndrome (MTBS) is a rare skin condition that consists of many, symmetrical skin folds found on the arms and legs of an affected individual at birth (congenital).  The skin folds do not cause any problems or impairments and usually disappear naturally as the child grows.  MTBS may be associated with other signs, such as unusual facial features or delays in development; these other features are different for each affected individual.[1][2]  The exact cause of MTBS is unknown.  It has been suggested that MTBS might have a genetic cause, because there are reports of multiple affected members of the same family.[1]
Last updated: 4/28/2012

How rare is Michelin tire baby syndrome?

Michelin tire baby syndrome is very rare.  By 2010, only 15 individuals with this disease had been described in the english literature.[2]
Last updated: 4/28/2012

  • Metta AK, Ramachandra S, Manupati S. Familial Michelin tire baby syndrome. Indian Journal of Dermatology. 2012; 57:74-76. Accessed 4/27/2012.
  • Nomura Y, Ota M, Tochimaru H. Self-healing congenital generalized skin creases: Michelin tire baby syndrome. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2010; 63:1110-1111. Accessed 4/27/2012.