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What’s in a Name?  Hailey-Hailey Disease

Meredith L. Orseth, BS, BA1; Thomas G. Cropley, MD1
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1University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville
JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(10):1220. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.6880.
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Brothers Howard and Hugh Hailey were the first to describe as a unique entity the genodermatosis that now bears their name. In the April 1939 issue of the Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology, the Drs Hailey described 2 brothers with similar recurrent flaccid blisters that eventually coalesced into pruritic “sharply marginated crusted lesions.”1(p679)

Both practicing dermatologists in Atlanta, Georgia, the Haileys published a second article 1 year after their initial publication, in the Southern Medical Journal, further characterizing the inherited aspect of the disease. They described 2 families with a total of 22 cases throughout 4 generations experiencing what they had named “familial benign chronic pemphigus.”2(p685)

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