Epidermolysis bullosa: case report of appropriate classification of subtype because of an early dental exam

J Clin Pediatr Dent. 1998 Spring;22(3):243-5.


Epidermolysis bullosa is a unique group of disorders that have blister formation as the common feature. Although there are many variants of this disorder, the subtypes are classified into three groups based upon the level of tissue separation that occurs after mechanical trauma is sustained by the skin. Specific subtypes of EB may have substantial involvement of extracutaneous areas such as the oral cavity and dentition. This case report demonstrates the importance of a dental examination at an early age in order to facilitate the correct subtyping of EB. For the very young patient, correct classification of the subtype of EB may be very important in identifying the severity of clinical features associated with the disorder, and with this information the patient and family may become better aware of potential complications of the disorder such as the dental defects described in this report.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Dental Enamel Hypoplasia / etiology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa / classification
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex / diagnosis
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa, Junctional / complications
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa, Junctional / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans