• A 56-year-old woman with the typical clinical feature of cicatricial bullous pemphigoid of the Brunsting-Perry type was studied. Histologic examination of a lesional skin biopsy specimen demonstrated a subepidermal blister. Direct immunofluorescence microscopy revealed linear deposits of IgG, IgM, and C3 located on both the roof and the floor of the blister. Immunofluorescence antigen mapping using cryostat sections of a spontaneous blister and antisera against defined basement membrane components localized the bullous pemphigoid antigen and type IV collagen in the roof of the blister. This dermal type of blister formation was confirmed by electron microscopy, which showed the cleavage level below the lamina densa. In direct immunoelectron microscopy, granular deposits of C3 and IgG were found attached to and just beneath the lamina densa in a pattern identical to the distribution of anchoring fibrils. These findings are diagnostic of acquired epidermolysis bullosa, a blistering disease that has much more clinical heterogeneity than previously suggested.
(Arch Dermatol. 1991;127:391-395)
Kurzhals G, Stolz W, Meurer M, Kunze J, Braun-Falco O, Krieg T. Acquired Epidermolysis Bullosa With the Clinical Feature of Brunsting-Perry Cicatricial Bullous Pemphigoid. Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(3):391-395. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680030111016