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Hailey-Hailey Disease


Synonyms of Hailey-Hailey Disease
  • benign chronic familial pemphigus
  • benign chronic pemphigus
  • familial benign pemphigus
  • HHD

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Hailey-Hailey disease is a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by blisters and lesions most often affecting the neck, armpits, skin folds and genitals. The lesions may come and go and usually heal without scarring. Heat, sweating and friction often aggravate the disorder. The symptoms of Hailey-Hailey disease occur because of the failure of skin cells to stick together resulting in the breakdown of affected skin layers. Hailey-Hailey disease occurs due to a mutation in a specific gene that creates a protein that is essential for the proper health of skin. The disorder becomes apparent after puberty, usually by the third or fourth decade, but symptoms can develop at any age.

    Hailey-Hailey disease is also known as familial benign pemphigus, which has created significant confusion in the medical literature. Pemphigus is a general term for a group of rare autoimmune blistering skin disorders. The symptoms and skin damage of pemphigus and Hailey-Hailey disease are similar. However, pemphigus is an autoimmune disorder, a disorder that occurs when the body?s own immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Hailey-Hailey disease is not an autoimmune disorder and there are no autoantibodies. Hailey-Hailey disease is a distinct genetic disorder caused by a gene mutation.

    Organizations related to Hailey-Hailey Disease
    • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
      1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
      White Plains NY 10605
      Phone #: 914-428-7100
      800 #: 888-663-4637
      e-mail: Askus@marchofdimes.com
      Home page: http://www.marchofdimes.com
    • NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      1 AMS Circle
      Bethesda MD 20892-3675
      Phone #: 301-495-4484
      800 #: 877-226-4267
      e-mail: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info
    • National Registry for Ichthyosis and Related Disorders
      University of Washington
      Seattle WA 98195-6524
      Phone #: 206-616-3179
      800 #: 800-595-1265
      e-mail: ichreg@u.washington.edu
      Home page: http://www.skinregistry.org



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