The International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation and Dr. Sarah Brenner recently conducted a survey on some aspects of pemphigus, in particular the gender distribution of the patients, and the relationship between the disease and the use of sex hormones.
by Victoria Werth, M.D.,
Assistant Professor Dermatology
University of Pennsylvania
Chief Dermatology Section
Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital
Systemically administered glucocorticoids are potent immunosuppressive and anti-inflamatory drugs that play an important role in treating many dermatologic disorders, including the different types of pemphigus. Unfortunately, their potency also results in numerous side effects, many of which can be minimized by attention to a few details.