Blistering Disease

  • Michael A. O. Lewis
  • Philip-John Lamey
Part of the BDJ Clinician’s Guides book series (BDJCG)


A range of infective and immunological conditions can cause blistering of the orofacial tissues. A small blister is referred to as a vesicle, whilst a blister greater than 0.5 cm is called a bulla. In reality, it is rare to see intact blisters intra-orally since the tissues usually rupture relatively quickly to leave areas of erosion or ulceration. However, the patient will often give a history of a sensation of blistering.

Further Reading

  1. Marsh P, Lewis M, Rogers H, Williams D, Wilson M. Marsh and Martin’s oral microbiology. 6th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2016. ISBN: 9780702061066.Google Scholar
  2. Odell EW. Cawson’s essential of oral pathology and oral medicine. 9th ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier; 2017. ISBN: 9780702049828.Google Scholar
  3. van der Wall I. Atlas of oral diseases. Berlin: Springer; 2015.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. O. Lewis
    • 1
  • Philip-John Lamey
    • 2
  1. 1.School of DentistryCardiff University School of DentistryCardiffUK
  2. 2.Edinburgh Dental InstituteUniversity of Edinburgh Edinburgh, Dental InstituteEdinburghUK

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