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Childhood Bullous Pemphigoid: Report of a Case with Life-Threatening Course During Homeopathy Treatment


Address correspondence to Luca Borradori, M.D., Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Cantonal Universitaire, CH-1211 Geneva 14, Switzerland, or e-mail:


Abstract:  Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an autoimmune blistering disorder that may very rarely occur in childhood. We describe a 9-month-old child who developed bullous pemphigoid while she was being treated for presumptive atopic eczema with a homeopathic regimen comprising sulfur, mercury, cantharides, and Rhus (Toxicodendron). She had generalized bullae and a progressive worsening of her general condition with asthenia, dehydration, malnutrition. While the role of homeopathy in triggering the disease remains unclear, our observation attests to the potential life-threatening course of childhood BP in instances where appropriate treatment is withheld.