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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-15

Bullous pemphigoid: Profile and outcome in a series of 100 cases in Singapore

1 Department of Dermatology, Raffles Hospital, Singapore
2 Department of Dermatology, Changi General Hospital, Singapore

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Dr. Yong-Kwang Tay
Department of Dermatology, Changi General Hospital, 2 Simei Street 3, Singapore 529889
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jdds.jdds_1_18

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Background: Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is the most common autoimmune subepidermal blistering disease. Objective: We report the profile and outcome of 100 cases of BP seen at our center. Patients and Methods: This was a retrospective study of patients with BP seen at Changi General Hospital, Singapore from 2004 to 2012. Results: There were 57 female and 43 male patients. Other than the usual comorbidities such as diabetes mellitus and neurological diseases, there were a high incidence of osteoporosis (29%), hypothyroidism (6%), malignancy (6%), and hepatitis B carrier (3%). Peripheral blood eosinophilia is seen in almost half of the patients. The study results showed the higher sensitivity of direct immunofluorescence (93.5%) as compared to indirect immunofluorescence (89.1%). Topical and systemic corticosteroids were the standard treatment (96%). The duration to remission ranged from 2 weeks to 34 months, with a mean age of 7 months. Doxycycline and nicotinamide were effective for localized BP. The mortality rate was 35%. Conclusion: In Singapore, BP is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. High mortality of BP is related to the advanced age of the patients, associated medical conditions and complications from the treatment.

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