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Bullous Pemphigoid

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Condition Overview

This is an uncommon autoimmune skin disease in which blisters, bullae (a blister more than 5 mm (about 3/16 inch) in diameter with thin walls that is full of fluid), and ulcerative erosions are found on the skin of the trunk, groin, armpits, and abdomen.

Symptoms

Blisters, bullae, and ulcerative erosions are found on the skin of the trunk, groin, armpits, and abdomen.

Causes

Collies and Doberman Pinschers appear to be predisposed.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made by physical examination.

Treatment

Treatment is similar to that of pemphigus foliaceous. The outlook for improvement is poor.

Prevention

There is currently no known prevention for this condition.

Support

Please contact your veterinarian with questions regarding this condition.

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Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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