Bilateral Corneal Involvement in Epidermolysis Bullosa Acquisita


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Abstract

Purpose.To report clinical and laboratory findings of bilateral corneal involvement in a patient with epidermolysis bullosa acquisita.Methods.A 25-year-old man with a history of progressive and painless loss of vision in both eyes presented to our service with bilateral corneal involvement: peripheral corneal perforation in one eye and advanced corneal thinning in the other eye. There was concomitant dermatologic bullous disease. Clinical and laboratory exams were analyzed.Results.The patient was diagnosed as having epidermolysis bullosa acquisita. Therapeutic corneal patch graft and conjunctival resection with cryotherapy were done, with satisfactory results.Conclusion.Bilateral corneal involvement in epidermolysis bullosa acquisita is described. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first description of such a case. Surgical management of the ocular findings associated with systemic therapy with colchicine seems to be a good therapeutic option in the management of this defying disease.

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