Prodromal bullous pemphigoid

Philina M Lamb, Edward Abell, Michael Tharp, Roy Frye, Jau Shyong Deng

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Background: Prodromal bullous pemphigoid (PBP) can be difficult to diagnose. Early recognition in its early stages may decrease the morbidity and progression of the disease. Clinical presentations and current treatments available for PBP will be described. Methods: A retrospective review was performed on 53 patients diagnosed with PBP. Results: Overall, the average disease duration of PBP was 11.8 months. The average age of presentation of PBP was 70.8 years. The most common presentations were urticaria-like plaques (67.9%), eczema-like lesions (11.3%), and dermatitis herpetiformis-like lesions (9.4%). The majority of patients responded well to low doses of systemic corticosteroids, tetracycline, and/or high potency topical corticosteroids. Conclusions: Patients with PBP tend to be in their sixth or early seventh decade of life and, on average, the duration of disease is 1 year. The most common presentation of disease is urticaria-like plaques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-214
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Dermatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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