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|Title:||Epidermolysis bullosa acquisita in a great Dane|
|Citation:||Journal of Small Animal Practice, 2008; 49(2):89-94|
|Publisher:||British Veterinary Assoc|
|P. B. Hill, P. Boyer, P. Lau, J. Rybnicek, J. Hargreaves and T. Olivry|
|Abstract:||Autoimmune subepidermal blistering diseases in dogs were all classified as bullous pemphigoid until 1998. Since then, refinements in reagents and immunological techniques have allowed diseases which are histologically similar but which have a different molecular pathogenesis to be described. This report describes the first case of one such disease, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, to be documented in the UK. The dog presented with a severe blistering and ulcerative disease affecting the oral cavity, pinnae and distal limbs. The diagnosis was confirmed by histopathology and direct and indirect immunofluorescent demonstration of immunoglobulin G reactivity to basement membrane antigens. Treatment with glucocorticoids, azathioprine, colchicine and an intravenous infusion of immunoglobulins resulted in complete resolution. The drugs were discontinued 12 months after the start of treatment and the dog remained in remission.|
|Keywords:||Epidermis; Animals; Dogs; Epidermolysis Bullosa Acquisita; Dog Diseases; Colchicine; Azathioprine; Immunoglobulins; Immunoglobulin G; Immunosuppressive Agents; Glucocorticoids; Fluorescent Antibody Technique; Remission Induction; Female|
|Rights:||© 2007 British Small Animal Veterinary Association|
|Appears in Collections:||Animal and Veterinary Sciences publications|
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