About Epidermolysis Bullosa


Are There Other Risks Linked to EBS?

Risks commonly associated with EBS:1

  • Skin Infection. Areas of blistering skin can become infected by bacteria.
  • Systemic infection. Bacteria from a skin infection enters the bloodstream and spreads throughout the body. These infections can lead to sepsis which can spread rapidly leading to shock and organ failure.
  • Problems with nutrition. EBS patients are at a higher risk for dehydration and anemia.
  • Skin cancer. Teenagers and adults with epidermolysis bullosa simplex are at increased risk of a type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma.

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  1. So JY, Teng J. Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex. In: Adam MP, Everman DB, Mirzaa GM, et al., eds. GeneReviews®. University of Washington, Seattle; 1993. Accessed November 18, 2022. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1369/