Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB) is a serious genetic blistering disorder.1-4

DEB is caused by mutations in the COL7A1 gene, resulting in lack of functional collagen VII, driving fragile skin, mucosa, and epithelial linings. Symptoms can include blistering, wounds, scarring, and nail, oral, and GI abnormalities.

Serious consequences can include:

  • Internal complications
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
  • Early mortality

Understanding DEB

DEB is a serious genetic blistering disorder caused by mutations in the COL7A1 gene1,2

Recognizing DEB

DEB can be missed or misdiagnosed when looking at symptoms alone5-8

Risks with DEB

DEB has unique risks and complications that require proactive care9-11

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