Sporadic dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa with concomitant atopic dermatitis


Dr Lawrence S.chan
300 East Superior Street, Room 4–721, Northwestern University Medical School, Department of Dermatology, Chicago, IL 60611, U.S.A.


We describe a patient with sporadic dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa associated with well- documented atopic dermatitis. We discuss this case in relation to a newly described clinical subtype of epidermolysis bullosa known as epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa, a dystrophic variant associated with prominent pruritus. The relations of this case of sporadic dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa with other dominantly inherited forms of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa such as the Pasini variant, the pretibial variant, and Bart's syndrome are also discussed. The role of atopic dermatitis in exacerbating dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa in this patient raises an important consideration in the care of this group of patients.