Definition of Epidermolysis bullosa
Epidermolysis bullosa: A term that includes three types of rare, inherited blistering skin diseases. The skin is so fragile in people with epidermolysis bullosa that even minor rubbing may cause blistering, and everyday activities can be excruciatingly painful. The 3 major types of epidermolysis bullosa are
The condition is estimated to affect about 12,500 people in the US. Affected children have been termed "butterfly children" and the condition has been referred to as "butterfly skin" or "butterfly disease" in the media due to the extreme fragility of the skin. There is no known cure for epidermolysis bullosa.
Marinkovich, M.P., MD. Epidermolysis bullosa. Medscape.
Last Editorial Review: 8/17/2015
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