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Présentation Clinique



Clinical Setting

H 70ans se plaignant depuis plusieurs mois de prurit intense, et de plaques erythémateuses, resistante à la corticotherapie. Eruption de lésions vésiculeuses débutant dans les régions fessières, et faces d'extensions des extrémités.

M 70 yo complaining of pruritus of few months duration, generalised erythema, resistant to symptomatic treatment and cortisone. Lately vesicular lesions beginning in the buttock and extensor areas of the extremities.


Biopsie Chirurgicale



Surgical biopsy





IgG - C3


Diagnostic Proposé:








Pemphigoïde Bulleuse (Variante vésiculeuse)

Proposed Diagnosis:








Bullous pemphigoïd (Vesicular variant)



Vesicular pemphigoid is a rare clinical variant in which the cutaneous manifestations show a striking overlap with dermatitis herpetiformis. Patients present with numerous small tense vesicles that may be symmetrical, intensely pruritic and therefore associated with conspicuous excoriation.

In a biopsy taken from an established blister, the changes are most often those of an inflammatory (cell-rich) variant. The blister, which is subepidermal, is typically unilocular and covered by attenuated epithelium . In early lesions the roof epidermis may appear unaffected or show occasional to even confluent necrotic basal keratinocytes. The blister contents include coagulated serum, fibrin strands and large numbers of inflammatory cells including conspicuous eosinophils . Variable numbers of neutrophils may be present.

The underlying dermis is inflamed and usually shows widespread severe edema. An infiltrate of eosinophils and mononuclears surrounds the blood vessels and extends between the adjacent collagen bundles. Leukocytoclasis is not seen and features of vasculitis are not present. The adjacent papillary dermis is often edematous and, very occasionally, eosinophil microabscesses are a feature . Exceptionally rarely, neutrophil microabscesses may be seen, raising diagnostic confusion with dermatitis herpetiformis. Eosinophilic spongiosis is also sometimes evident in the adjacent epidermis.



Bullous pemphigoïd

(Ref. Pathology of the skin, PH McKee, 3rd Ed. Elsevier-Mosby)