Bullous pemphigoid


  • Chronic autoimmune blistering disease
  • Blisters occur deep, within the epidermal basement membrane
  • Bullae evolve over weeks to months

Risk factors

Clinical Features

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  • Bullae commonly occur in the axillae, abdomen, inner thighs, flexural forearms, and lower legs[1]
  • May be intensely pruritic
    • Start with urticarial lesions
    • Then tense blisters/bullae up to 10 cm
  • Nikolsky sign negative
  • Reported after UV/radiation therapy, drugs: furosemide, NSAIDs, captopril, antibiotics, vaccinations
  • Involves mucosa in 10-25%, may limit PO intake

Differential Diagnosis

Vesiculobullous rashes





  1. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1062391-overview
  2. Joly P, Roujeau JC, Benichou J, et al. A comparison of oral and topical corticosteroids in patients with bullous pemphigoid. N Engl J Med. Jan 31 2002;346(5):321-7. [Medline].
  3. Terra JB, Potze WJ, Jonkman MF. Whole body application of a potent topical corticosteroid for bullous pemphigoid. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. Apr 3 2013;[Medline].
  4. 2. Gual A, Iranzo P, Mascaró Jr JM. Treatment of bullous pemphigoid with low-dose oral cyclophosphamide: a case series of 20 patients. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. Apr 13 2013;[Medline].

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