European Journal of Dermatology


Treatment and mortality rate of bullous pemphigoid in China: a hospital-based study Volume 23, numéro 1, January-February 2013

Department of Dermatology, The First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, 155 North Nanjing Street, Shenyang 110001, China

Bullous pemphigoid (BP) has been reported to be associated with significant morbidities and a considerable mortality rate. We retrospectively studied 94 patients with BP in a Chinese tertiary medical center between 2005 and 2010 to evaluate the treatment of BP and prognostic factors for the mortality of BP. Cerebrovascular diseases (42.55%) and hypertension (39.36%) were the most common pre-existing conditions. Cardiopathy, diabetes and psoriasis pre-existed in 24.47%, 22.34% and 5.32%, respectively. Eighty of all 94 patients were treated by systemic corticosteroid at prednisone 0.3 mg/kg to 1.5 mg/kg daily. Patients were followed up for a minimum of 1 year or until the time of death. The mean duration of follow-up was 32 months. Kaplan–Meier analysis showed a 1-year survival probability of 76.6% (standard error 4.4%), with a 95% confidence interval (68.04%, 85.16%). Multivariate analysis revealed that increased age, bedridden condition, presence of cerebrovascular diseases at diagnosis, pre-existing cardiopathy and low serum albumin level were associated with the elevated 1-year mortality rate of BP.