Autoimmune bullous diseases (AMBD) are a group of rare autoimmune disorders which primarily affect the skin and mucous membranes. These diseases often go undiagnosed for many years since they are very rare. If treatment is delayed, some of these diseases can have irreversible effects including scarring. They are, rarely, potentially fatal if appropriate treatment is not instituted early. Patients also need close monitoring of their disease and possible side effects from the medications which are being used to control these disorders.

The AMBD clinic specializes in the diagnosis and comprehensive management of patients with all of the subtypes of bullous disorders including pemphigus, pemphigoid, dermatitis herpetiformis, linear IgA bullous disease, lichen planus, lupus, and epidermolysis bullosa acquisita. The AMBD clinic works in close collaboration with other specialties including opthamology, ENT, Ob/Gyn, and gastroenterology to provide comprehensive care of these patients. As part of the ongoing attempts to find newer treatment modalities, the AMBD clinic is also involved with clinical trials for these diseases.

Dr. Naveed Sami is the director of the Autoimmune Bullous Disease Clinic program at the UAB Department of Dermatology. For scheduling information, referrals, or consultations please call (205) 996-SKIN (7546).