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Acute oedema blisters: a report of 13 cases

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  • M. Bhushan,

    1. Dermatology Centre, University of Manchester School of Medicine, Hope Hospital, Eccles Old Road, Salford, Manchester M6 8HD, U.K.
      *Department of Dermatology, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 7HY, U.K.
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  • R.J.G. Chalmers,

    1. Dermatology Centre, University of Manchester School of Medicine, Hope Hospital, Eccles Old Road, Salford, Manchester M6 8HD, U.K.
      *Department of Dermatology, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 7HY, U.K.
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  • N.H. Cox

    1. Dermatology Centre, University of Manchester School of Medicine, Hope Hospital, Eccles Old Road, Salford, Manchester M6 8HD, U.K.
      *Department of Dermatology, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 7HY, U.K.
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Dr M.Bhushan. E-mail: mbhushan@fs1.ho.man.ac.uk

Abstract

Background  The development of bullae accompanying acute oedema is a commonly observed clinical sign but has been rarely reported in the literature.

Objectives  To document the clinical features and increase awareness of this entity.

Methods  Retrospective case note review of 13 inpatient consultation cases seen in two dermatology departments.

Results  Oedema blisters appear to be related to the speed of development rather than the degree of oedema, and respond rapidly to the reduction of the underlying oedema.

Conclusions  Recognition of oedema blisters is important as they respond quickly and completely to treatment of the underlying oedema.

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