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View in Spanish: Epidermólisis ampollosa

Epidermolysis bullosa (EP-ih-der-MOLE-uh-sis bul-OH-suh)
A group of chronic skin disorders in which fluid-filled blisters form on the skin and mucosa (the moist, inner lining of some organs and body cavities). Epidermolysis bullosa is inherited and usually starts at birth. Patients with epidermolysis bullosa may be at increased risk of squamous cell cancer of the skin.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.