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March 1977

Bullous Disease of ChildhoodReport of a Case Demonstrating Antibasal Cell Antibody

Author Affiliations

From the Columbia Skin Clinic, Columbia, SC (Dr Shmunes), and the Department of Microbiology, State University of New York at Buffalo (Dr Shu).

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(3):325-327. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640030071011

• This report describes a child with protracted bullous disease responsive only to high doses of steroids, who on immunofluorescent testing, consistently displays antibasal cell antibody. The child had been treated with penicillin a week prior to the development of the bullous disease. The etiologic possibility of this drug history in the evolution of the bullous disease is raised, with particular respect to recent reports of similar circulating antibody in drug reactions.

(Arch Dermatol 113:325-327, 1977)