Can any health conditions cause stretch marks?

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Cushing’s syndrome and Marfan syndrome can sometimes cause stretch marks. Cushing’s syndrome occurs when the body produces excessive cortisol, the stress hormone. These stretch marks can be dark in colour and quite noticeable. Other side effects include weight gain, which can lead to stretch marks, back pain, and excessive body and facial hair. Marfan syndrome is caused by a faulty gene that weakens your body’s connective tissues and affects the skin’s elasticity and therefore, its ability to stretch, meaning your skin is not as resistant to stretch marks. These stretch marks often occur on the shoulders, hips and lower back. Other symptoms and side effects of Marfan syndrome include spine curvature and vision problems.

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