Other Names for this Disease
- Benign familial pemphigus
- Benign chronic pemphigus
- Familial benign pemphigus
- Benign chronic familial pemphigus of Hailey-Hailey
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Hailey-Hailey disease is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. This means that having only one mutated copy of the disease-causing gene in each cell is enough to cause signs or symptoms of the condition. Some people with Hailey-Hailey disease inherit the condition from an affected parent. Other cases are due to a new mutation in the gene and occur in people with no history of the condition in their family. When a person with an autosomal dominant condition has children, each child has a 50% (1 in 2) risk to inherit the mutated copy of the gene.
Last updated: 5/14/2014
- Benign chronic pemphigus. Genetics Home Reference. May, 2013; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/benign-chronic-pemphigus. Accessed 5/14/2014.