GeneralCase Report

Gabapentin Induced Bullous Pemphigoid

Avram Flamm, DO, EMT-P; Sarina Sachdev, MD; and Francois Dufresne, MD
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Received: July 8, 2016

Accepted: August 4, 2016

Published: March 1, 2017

J Osteopath Med; 117(3): 191-193

Bullous pemphigoid is an autoimmune blistering dermatosis with separation of the epidermis from the dermis. This disease process is common among elderly patients and manifests with subepidermal vesicles and tense bullae. Patients with bullous pemphigoid are more likely to have also received a previous diagnosis of a neurologic disorder. Gabapentin is an antiepileptic that is used to manage neuropathic pain. The authors describe, to their knowledge, the first report of gabapentin-induced bullous pemphigoid in an elderly man with no history of rashes or reactions to other medications.

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