Bullous Eruption Associated with Scabies: Evidence for Scabetic Induction of True Bullous Pemphigoid
Noriko Konishi, Kenji Suzuki, Yoshiki Tokura, Takashi Hashimoto, Masahiro Takigawa
Some patients with scabies develop bullae concomitantly with, or subsequently after, the occurrence of scabetic lesions. Although several immunofluorescence studies have demonstrated immunoglobulin deposition in the basement membrane zone of bullous lesions, it remained unclear whether these antibodies are directed to bullous pemphigoid antigens. We clearly show that two scabetic patients with bullous eruptions had circulating antibodies against BP180 and/or BP230 as determined by Western blotting analysis. This is the first report to demonstrate that at least some of the bullous eruptions occurring in scabetics are true bullous pemphigoid.