Vesicular Eruption – Friday Pop Quiz – 11/2/2018

You are called to evaluate a patient with a new onset vesicular eruption that developed 7 days after starting intravenous vancomycin.

At what level of the dermoepidermal  junction is the target antigen found?

vesicular eruption








A). Lamina lucida
B.) Lamina densa
C.) Sublamina densa
D.) Basal keratinocyte
E.) Lamina reticularis


Correct Answer: A. Lamina lucida

Annular plaques with tense vesicles at the periphery (“string of pearls”) is typical of linear IgA bullous dermatosis. Antibodies are directed against the linear IgA disease antigen (LAD-1), 97-kDa portion of BPAG-2, which is localized to the lamina lucida.


Ishiko A, Shimizu H, Masunaga T. 97 kDa linear IgA bullous dermatosis antigen localizes in the lamina lucida between the NC16A and carboxyl terminal domains of the 180 kDa

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