What is the prognosis of epidermolytic ichthyosis (EI)?

Updated: Aug 23, 2019
  • Author: Brittany G Craiglow, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Epidermolytic ichthyosis is a lifelong condition. Some patients may experience amelioration of symptoms as they age. Risk for morbidity and mortality is highest in the neonatal period, where infants are at increased risk for complications such as sepsis and dehydration because of impaired barrier function. Later in life, affected patients may experience recurrent skin infections.


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