Clin Dermatol 2018 Mar - Apr;36(2):231-238. Epub 2017 Oct 3.
Department of Dermatovenereology, University Hospital Center Zagreb and University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia. Electronic address:
Autoimmune blistering diseases (AIBD) are a group of chronic diseases affecting the skin and mucous membranes, with different presentation, clinical course, histologic and immunopathologic findings, and different therapeutic approach. Blisters develop as a result of autoantibodies directed against distinct adhesion structures within desmosomes or within the basement membrane zone. The most common AIBD that develops in the elderly is bullous pemphigoid (previously also named "pemphigoid senilis"), but mature patients can also present with other AIBD as mucous membrane pemphigoid, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, paraneoplastic pemphigus, pemphigus vulgaris, pemphigus foliaceus, linear IgA dermatosis, and dermatitis herpetiformis. Read More