Epidermolysis Bullosa

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It is possible that the main title of the report Epidermolysis Bullosa is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.


  • EB

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a genetic skin disorder characterized clinically by blister formation from mechanical trauma. There are four main types with additional sub-types identified. There is a spectrum of severity, and within each type, one may be either mildly or severely affected. EB ranges from being a minor inconvenience requiring modification of some activities, to being completely disabling and, in some cases, fatal.

Friction causes blister formation. Blisters can form anywhere on the surface of the skin, within the oral cavity and in more severe forms may also involve the external surface of the eye, as well as the respiratory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. In some forms of the disease, disfiguring scars and disabling musculoskeletal deformities occur.

Currently, there is no cure for EB. Supportive care includes daily wound care, bandaging, and pain management as needed.

Supporting Organizations

Australasian Blistering Diseases Foundation

St. George Hospital
Department of Dermatology
Sydney, NSW 2217
Tel: 02 9113 2543
Fax: 02 9113 2886
Email: info@blisters.org.au
Website: http://www.blisters.org.au/


13 Wellington Business Park
Dukes Ride
Berkshire, RG45 6LS
United Kingdom
Tel: 441344771961
Fax: 441344762661
Email: debra@debra.org.uk
Website: http://www.debra.org.uk

Debra of America, Inc. (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa)

75 Broad Street
Suite 300
New York, NY 10004
Tel: (212)868-1573
Fax: (212)868-9296
Tel: (866)332-7276
Email: staff@debra.org
Website: http://www.debra.org

EB Medical Research Foundation

2757 Anchor Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Tel: (310)854-0957
Email: a.pett@bep-la.com
Website: http://www.ebkids.org

Epidermolysis Bullosa Action Network

16613 Milan De Avila
Tampa, FL 33613
Tel: (813)325-1955
Email: silvia@ebanusa.org
Website: http://www.ebanusa.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Oley Foundation

43 New Scotland Ave., MC-28
Albany Medical Center
Albany, NY 12208-3478
Tel: (518)262-5079
Fax: (518)262-5528
Tel: (800)776-6539
Email: dahlr@mail.amc.edu
Website: http://www.oley.org

Turner Syndrome Society of the United States

11250 West Road, Suite G
Houston, TX 77065
Tel: (832)912-6006
Fax: (832)912-6446
Tel: (800)365-9944
Email: tssus@turnersyndrome.org
Website: http://www.turnersyndrome.org

Turner Syndrome Support Society (UK)

13 Simpson Court
11 South Ave
Clydebank, G81 2NR
Tel: 0141 952 8006
Fax: 0141 952 8025
Tel: 0845 2307520
Email: Turner.Syndrome@tss.org.uk
Website: http://www.tss.org.uk

Turner's Syndrome Society of Canada

30 Cleary Avenue
Ontario, K2A 4A1
Tel: 6133212267
Fax: 6133212268
Tel: 8004656744
Email: info@turnersyndrome.ca
Website: http://www.turnersyndrome.ca/index.html

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Last Updated:  12/22/1969
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