Subepidermal Blistering Disorders: A Clinical and Histopathologic Review
The subepidermal blistering disorders are comprised of a number of unrelated disorders with a diverse clinical presentation and pathogenic basis that share in common the presence of blister formation beneath the epidermis. Many of the disorders are both debilitating and potentially fatal. Timely and accurate diagnosis facilitates their appropriate management. The etiologic, clinical, and pathologic attributes as well as the treatment of these disorders including bullous pemphigoid, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, dermatitis herpetiformis, linear IgA dermatosis, cicatricial pemphigoid, herpes gestationis,and porphyria cutanea tarda are described.
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