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Patient Information Leaflets (PILs)

These Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are specially written by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

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  1. There are thousands of different skin complaints, therefore, the focus of the British Association of Dermatologists' PILs production is on the most common, rarest or debilitating skin conditions.
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Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa

Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB) is a rare inherited skin disorder. The skin of people with DEB is more fragile than normal. Minor injury causes blisters or ulcers that may be slow to heal and often leave scars. DEB can be mild, but it can also be severe, affecting the mouth, oesophagus (gullet), eyes and nails in addition to the skin.

Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB) is divided into two main types depending on how it is inherited: recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) and dominant dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DDEB)..

There are other forms of inherited epidermolysis bullosa (EB), including epidermolysis bullosa simplex, junctional epidermolysis bullosa and Kindler Syndrome. These are all distinct skin diseases so people who have DEB do not develop other types of epidermolysis bullosa at a later date.

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