Suction-induced basal cell cytolysis in the Weber-Cockayne variant of epidermolysis bullosa simplex.
In the Weber-Cockayne form of epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS-WC), trauma induces blisters which are confined to the palms and soles. Histologically, basal cell cytolysis is seen. We studied 6 patients with EBS-WC to determine the ultrastructural level at which artificially-induced suction blisters form. Blisters were raised by application of a suction blister cup to uninvolved forearm skin, the cup being connected to a negative pressure of 200 mm of mercury. The blisters were biopsied and...Expand abstract
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