Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a chronic, rare genetic connective tissue disorder with no approved treatment options. EB is debilitating, disfiguring, and potentially fatal. There are many genetic and symptomatic variations of EB that all share the prevalent manifestation of fragile skin that blisters and tears from minor friction or trauma. Patients with the more severe forms of EB have generalized blistering and lesions affecting a substantial percentage of their bodies that can lead to infection and scarring, and, in severe cases, death. Internal organs and bodily systems can also be severely affected by the secondary complications and illnesses. There is currently no FDA approved treatment for EB. Current standard of care consists of bandaging and bathing the open wounds to prevent infection and trying to manage patients’ pain. EB affects all racial, ethnic and genders equally.
2 Sep 2015