Monthly Archives: December 2004

by Anna Lisa Riccardi

Pemphigus patients in Italy experience problems very similar to patients in other countries.

The first problem consists in being correctly and quickly diagnosed. If the disease appears only in the mouth there are great chances that it will take a long time as most of the middle-aged Italian dentists have cursorily studied pemphigus at university and are therefore unable to recognize it. I remember that when my dentist saw my mouth (I had already been diagnosed and on prednisone) he told me that he had seen a mouth like mine only in a dead body and he advised me to take a lot of vitamins. It goes without saying that I ran away and changed the dentist. In fact the new generation of dentists have studied pemphigus better and are much more experienced.