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Familial benign pemphigus(BCPM)

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Disease or Syndrome
Synonyms: BCPM; Benign chronic pemphigus; Benign Chronic Pemphigus; Hailey Hailey disease
Modes of inheritance:
Autosomal dominant inheritance
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Intellectual Product
Source: HPO
Autosomal dominant inheritance refers to genetic conditions that occur when a mutation is present in one copy of a given gene (i.e., the person is heterozygous).
SNOMED CT: Benign familial chronic pemphigus (79468000); Familial benign pemphigus (79468000); Hailey-Hailey disease (79468000); Familial benign chronic pemphigus (79468000); Hailey Hailey disease (79468000)
Gene (location): ATP2C1 (3q22.1)
OMIM®: 169600
Orphanet: ORPHA2841


Hailey-Hailey disease, also known as benign chronic pemphigus, is a rare autosomal dominant cutaneous disorder that usually becomes manifest in the third or fourth decade of life with erythema, vesicles, and erosions involving the body folds, particularly the groin and axillary regions. Other sites of the body, such as the neck, perianal, and submammary regions, may likewise be affected (summary by Poblete-Gutierrez et al., 2004). This disorder was first described by the dermatologist brothers Hailey and Hailey (1939). [from OMIM]

Additional description

From GHR
Benign chronic pemphigus, often called Hailey-Hailey disease, is a rare skin condition that usually appears in adolescence or early adulthood. The disorder is characterized by red, raw, and blistered areas of skin that occur most often in skin folds, such as the groin, armpits, neck, and under the breasts. These inflamed areas can become crusty or scaly and may itch and burn. The skin problems tend to worsen with exposure to moisture (such as sweat), friction, hot weather, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. The severity of benign chronic pemphigus varies from relatively mild episodes of skin irritation to widespread, persistent areas of raw and blistered skin that interfere with daily activities. Affected skin may become infected with bacteria or fungi, leading to pain and odor. Although the condition is described as "benign" (noncancerous), in rare cases the skin lesions may develop into a form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. Many affected individuals also have white lines running the length of their fingernails. These lines do not cause any problems, but they can be useful for diagnosing benign chronic pemphigus.

Clinical features

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The loss of intercellular connections, such as desmosomes, resulting in loss of cohesion between keratinocytes.
Skin ulcer
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A discontinuity of the skin exhibiting complete loss of the epidermis and often portions of the dermis and even subcutaneous fat.
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Redness of the skin, caused by hyperemia of the capillaries in the lower layers of the skin.
skin bullae
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The presence of one or more bullae on the skin, defined as fluid-filled blisters more than 5 mm in diameter with thin walls.
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Hyperkeratosis is thickening of the outer layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, which is composed of large, polyhedral, plate-like envelopes filled with keratin which are the dead cells that have migrated up from the stratum granulosum.
Abnormality of the oral cavity
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Abnormality of the oral cavity, i.e., the opening or hollow part of the mouth.

Term Hierarchy

CClinical test,  RResearch test,  OOMIM,  GGeneReviews,  VClinVar  
  • CROGVFamilial benign pemphigus
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Recent clinical studies


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