Epidermolysis bullosa acquisita
Other Names for this Disease
- Acquired epidermolysis bullosa
- EB acquisita
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Non-inflammatory or mildly inflammatory EBA affecting only trauma-prone skin (the "classic" form) may cause:
- tense, blood- or pus-filled blisters, mostly on the hands, knees, knuckles, elbows and ankles
- mucous-membrane blisters that rupture easily
- healing with significant scarring and small white spots (milia)
Generalized inflammatory EBA may cause:
- widespread blisters that are not localized to trauma-prone sites
- generalized redness and itching
- healing with minimal scarring
- blisters on various mucous membranes
- significant scarring and dysfunction
EBA affecting several family members has been reported, suggesting a genetic component may be involved in some cases. Rarely, people with lupus, a systemic autoimmune disease, develop a generalized blistering skin disease with the features of EBA. EBA has also been associated with Crohn's disease.
There have been a couple of reports of families with more than one affected person, suggesting a genetic component may be involved. This could mean that EBA may develop in a person who is "genetically susceptible." However, the condition is not thought to be due to any specific gene(s).
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