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Bullae

Definition

Bullae are large blisters on the skin that are filled with clear fluid. Many different skin conditions can cause bullae to form.

Images

Bullous pemphigoid, close-up of tense blisters
Poison ivy on the knee
Poison ivy on the leg

References

Armstrong CA. Examination of the skin and approach to diagnosing skin diseases. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 444.

Habif TM. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2009:chap 1.

Review Date: 
12/2/2014
Reviewed By: 
Richard J. Moskowitz, MD, dermatologist in private practice, Mineola, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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