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Complications and Prognosis of Epidermolysis Bullosa

Junctional epidermolysis bullosis is associated with a high death rate, while other types of epidermolysis bullosa are milder and may not reduce life expectancy.

Complications of Epidermolysis Bullosa

  • Anemia
  • Narrowing of the food pipe (stricture)
  • Eye disorders- Even blindness may ensue
  • Infections- Pus forming bacteria or their toxins may lead to sepsis
  • Functional loss of hands and feet
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Dental disease
  • Severe malnutrition
  • Skin cancer: Epidermolysis bullosa can increase the risk of a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma

Prognosis of Epidermolysis Bullosa

The prognosis or outcome of epidermolysis bullosa depends upon the severity of the illness. Mild forms improve with age. Scarring left behind by blisters may lead to a number of complications.

  • Contracture deformities could compromise mobility
  • Involvement of mouth and food pipe causes difficulties with feeding and swallowing
  • Secondary infections are not uncommon


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Navjit Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Is there any treatment for Epidermolysis bullosa [Junctional Variety](Herlitz Variant). Acctually we got one baby before and he got this problem . He was died when he was 11yrs old. We also got one daught she is 7 yrs old and she dont hv any problem she is ok . Now we got new baby Boy . But he got same eb problem. So i want to know if there is any treatment for this. Please reply my post thanks

dr.sankararao Monday, February 25, 2013

i am having a mother with 2 siblings are died of epidermolisis bullosa now the patient is pregnent can any thing can be done to this poor lady pls respond.

dandie1109 Tuesday, February 7, 2012

As U understand, there is NO CURE of any kind! What information indicated a partial cure is available as stated in this article?

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