Bullous Pemphigoid Complicated by Sepsis.


North Florida


Ocala Regional Medical Center

Document Type

Case Report

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blistering, blisters, bulbous pemphigoid, pruritis, sub-epithelial


Emergency Medicine | Immune System Diseases | Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases


Patients with bullous pemphigoid face many challenges when managing their disorder, one of which is balancing medication with their ailments. Because the patient population with bullous pemphigoid are primarily elderly, the current first-line treatment of corticosteroids tends to increase their rates of morbidity and mortality. During the acute process of the disease, providers must also consider the increased chance of infections caused by the opening in the skin. These patient cases are often complicated further by secondary symptoms such as pruritis and pain. Here we present a case in which we provided care to a 38-year-old female with a history of bullous pemphigoid and multiple medical problems who presented to the emergency department with nausea, vomiting, fevers, abdominal pain, and blisters on her forearm. Due to concern for sepsis and her past failure of outpatient therapy, the patient was hospitalized and treated for her possible infection, bullous pemphigoid, nausea, and pain.

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