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Resistant oral mucosal lesions in pemphigus vulgaris responsive to double filtration plasmapheresis: First case report from Turkey.

Background Adjuvant therapeutic methods are employed when pemphigus vulgaris (PV) fails to be controlled by conventional corticosteroid treatment. Objective: The efficacy of double filtration plasmapheresis (DFPP) was investigated in a PV patient with severe, refractory mucosal disease. Methods A total

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Prevalence and Clinical Significance of Anti-Laminin 332 Autoantibodies Detected by a Novel Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay in Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid

IMPORTANCE A rare variant of mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP) is characterized by circulating anti-laminin 332 (Lam332) autoantibodies and seems to be associated with concurrent malignant neoplasms. OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence and clinical significance of anti-Lam332 autoantibody detection from a large

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Desmosomal adhesion and pemphigus vulgaris: the first half of the story

Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is a paradigm of autoimmune disease affecting intercellular adhesion. The mechanisms that lead to cell–cell detachment (acantholysis) have crucial therapeutic implications and are currently undergoing major scrutiny. The first part of this review focuses on the classical

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Oxidative stress and autoimmune skin disease.

Antioxidants play the important role in our body of neutralizing free radicals and peroxides that are formed during normal physiologic events. While these reactive oxygen species are necessary for numerous biological processes, when created in excess they can have deleterious

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Application for Tacrolimus Ointment in Treating Refractory Inflammatory Ocular Surface Diseases

Purpose To evaluate the therapeutic effects of topical tacrolimus ointment on refractory inflammatory ocular surface diseases. Design Retrospective interventional consecutive case series. Methods In Severance Hospital, Seoul, South Korea, 0.02% tacrolimus ointment was topically applied 1 to 3 times per

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An attempt to develop mouse model for anti-laminin γ1 pemphigoid.

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BACKGROUND: We recently reported that the autoantibodies of anti-p200 pemphigoid sera react with laminin γ1 and renamed this entity as anti-laminin γ1 pemphigoid. However, it has not been clarified whether the anti-laminin γ1 autoantibodies, particularly those to the C-terminal integrin

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Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment in Hailey-Hailey Disease: A Series of 8 Patients.

OBJECTIVES: Hailey-Hailey disease (HHD), or benign familial pemphigus, is a rare autosomal dominant genodermatosis characterized by the formation of blisters. Eruptions are usually located in large skin folds, and when blisters become infected the condition can be very painful and

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Lobar torsion after lung transplantation

Lobar torsion is a rare complication after lung transplantation. Here we report a case of right middle lobe (RML) torsion after bilateral sequential lung transplantation (BLTx). This 30-year-old lady underwent BLTx for bronchiolitis obliterans due to paraneoplastic pemphigus. The right

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Drug-triggered pemphigus foliaceus

Pemphigus foliaceus (PF) is the most common autoimmune skin disease of dogs and other animal species. Although PF can spontaneously affect dogs of any breed, it appears more prevalent in Akita Inus and chow chows in the United States. The

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Endemic pemphigus in the peruvian Amazon: epidemiology and risk factors for the development of complications during treatment

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BACKGROUND: Pemphigus is an autoimmune blistering disease. According to a report, in areas of endemic pemphigus foliaceus (EPF) in Peru there are cases of pemphigus vulgaris with epidemiologic, clinical and histopathologic characteristics similar to those ofendemic pemphigus vulgaris” (EPV) in

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