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September 1987

Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(9):1248-1252. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060090106038

• Recessive epidermolysis bullosa dystrophica (REBD), a bullous disorder of the skin and mucous membranes, is frequently associated with ocular complications. A 40-year-old woman presented with lid ulcerations, chronic conjunctivitis, diffuse subepithelial corneal scarring, corneal ulceration, and cataracts. Management with intensive lubricant therapy, soft-bandage contact lenses, and cataract extraction successfully restored her sight. Histologic examination via light and electron microscopy revealed blister formation and scarring beneath the epithelial basement membrane of both the skin and cornea, confirming the diagnosis of REBD. The ultrastructure of the skin and cornea and the ocular complications of the major forms of epidermolysis are described herein. To our knowledge, successful ocular management of a confirmed case of REBD with complete ocular histopathologic features has not been documented.

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