Epidermolysis Bullosa

Also known as: dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, junctional epidermolysis bullosa, EB.

What is epidermolysis bullosa?

Epidermolysis bullosa refers to a condition in which the skin is very fragile and blisters easily. It often appears early in life, though it can first appear during the teenage years or early adulthood.

What causes epidermolysis bullosa?

Epidermolysis bullosa is a genetic condition. It may get passed along from parents to their children.

What are the symptoms of epidermolysis bullosa?

The symptoms of EB include fragile skin that blisters easily, blisters inside the mouth or throat, flaking skin, dental problems, and trouble swallowing.

What are epidermolysis bullosa care options?

There is no cure for epidermolysis bullosa. Treatment is focused on improving and controlling symptoms. Treatment includes medications, rehabilitation therapy and possible surgery.

Surgical interventions usually aim to improve function, especially in the hands, where pseudosyndactyly (webbing of the fingers) can develop.

Reviewed by: Aaron J Berger, MD

This page was last updated on: August 30, 2021 11:59 AM

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