Epidermolysis bullosa acquisita
Other Names for this Disease
- Acquired epidermolysis bullosa
- EB acquisita
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Symptoms of epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA) usually occur in a person's 30s or 40s. The signs and symptoms can differ among affected people, and the condition has several distinct forms of onset. For example:
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
The mucous membrane form of EBA may cause:
- blisters on various mucous membranes
- significant scarring and dysfunction
Last updated: 3/3/2014
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