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Epidermolysis Bullosa - Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated on Aug 12, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What doctor treats epidermolysis bullosa?

A pediatrician / neonatologist is usually the first health care specialist who diagnoses the condition. Further management is done by the department of dermatology. Expert advice and help from the fields of Internal Medicine or General Surgery are also called upon.

2. Is epidermolysis bullosa preventable?

The disease is an inherited one and cannot be prevented. Prospective parents with a family history of epidermolysis bullosa may attend genetic counselling. Prenatal tests like chorionic villous sampling can detect the defect.
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3. Are complications of epidermolysis bullosa preventable?

Patients with EB require extreme care. Contact sports may be avoided. It is also advised to wear padding around areas such as the elbows, knees, ankles, and buttocks which are prone to frictional injury.

Patients taking steroids may need calcium and vitamin D supplements. Prolonged steroid intake can lead to fragile bones (osteoporosis).

4. Is bone marrow transplant a permanent cure for epidermolysis bullosa?

Studies are yet to produce results that support bone marrow transplantation as a cure for epidermolysis bullosa.

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Navjit

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

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

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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