Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a rare inherited skin disorder which causes the skin of affected people to be excessively fragile and blister at the slightest knock or rub. There are a number of different types of EB with differing severities and variable systemuc problems. Although milder types can cause lilimited blistering on the hands and feet, others can affect larger areas of the skin, result in chronic wounds, significant scarring and internal complications. For more information about EB, visit www.debra.org.uk
We are one of two national centres for the diagnosis and clinical care of adults with EB. St Thomas’ is a leading centre for translational and clinical research in EB.
The national EB diagnostic laboratory is based within our department. Here we undertake analysis of skin biopsy specimens, genetic testing for EB and prenatal diagnosis of severe forms of EB.
Our team works closely with colleagues from dermatology, plastic surgery, specialist nursing, dentistry, interventional radiology, cancer services, dietetics, the eye department, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychotherapy and foot health.
We also work closely with the genetic skin disease group at King's College London.
Our department is actively involved in clinical research, aiming to continually improve the treatment of EB.
Watch this video of our EB specialist Professor John McGrath speaking to Damian Lewis about the condition and his research.