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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 124-126

Diagnosing linear immunoglobulin - A dermatosis of childhood in a resource-constrained area: Case report and review of literature


1 Department of Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Pathology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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Muhammad S Mijinyawa
Department of Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and Bayero University, Kano
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/1118-8561.121924

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Linear immunoglobulin A (IgA) dermatosis (LAD) of childhood is a self-limiting blistering eruption. At histology, the blisters are subepidermal and may be reported as resembling dermatitis herpetiformis or bullous pemphigoid. Direct immunofluorescence (DIF) of normal or perilesional skin shows a linear band of IgA at the basement membrane. Many of the patients also have a circulating IgA antibody against the basement membrane. Diagnosis of this condition in a resource constrainedcenter, where immunofluorescence is unavailable, may pose diagnostic challenges, and may therefore require high index of suspicion. We describe a case of LAD of childhood in a 7-year-old boy in this report.


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