Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Educational videos

A Patient’s Journey toward a Pemphigus Vulgaris Diagnosis

Watch Becky Strong describe her emotional journey towards obtaining a pemphigus vulgaris diagnosis. This honest portrayal of a patient’s search for answers emphasizes the importance of awareness and early diagnosis. Unfortunately, many patients share Becky’s experience.

PV/MMP: A Clinical Overview for Dental Students and Professionals

Dr. David Sirois, DMD, PhD provides an overview of PV/MMP. The presentation includes: Key Symptoms to Recognize; Differential Diagnosis; Performing a Biopsy; Treatment; and Oral Complications. This video serves as a supplement to what is already being taught on PV/MMP in the current dental school curriculum, as well as a refresher for dental professionals in practice.

Print Materials

Print materials can be downloaded below. Materials are also available upon request by emailing info@pemphigus.org.

Biopsies Save Lives

This diagnostic tool provides 4 key questions a dentist can ask their patient to determine if a P/P diagnosis should be considered. It encourages dental professionals to recognize P/P symptoms as early as possible. Download

Understanding PV/MMP

This insert provides an overview of PV/MMP, including clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, biopsy, and dental management. Download

PV/MMP Awareness

This brochure provides dental professionals and students with an overview of the IPPF Awareness Program. It includes information on continuing education opportunities, IPPF services, and Patient Educator lectures. Download

Awareness postcard

This postcard includes disease summaries and key clinical presentation points. It also provides diagnostic and biopsy information, as well as links to more information. Download

Continuing Education postcard

This postcard includes information about IPPF patient and/or scientific presentations at dental meetings, conferences, lectures, or events. It also provides course learning objectives, as well as contact information. Download

Patient Education postcard

This postcard includes information about IPPF Patient Educators and their role in sharing diagnosis stories with students at U.S. dental schools. It also provides information on presentation format, as well as links to more information. Download

Sponsorship/Giving Opportunities postcard

This postcard includes information about IPPF sponsorship and giving opportunities. It outlines various ways to get involved, as well as contact information. Download

Selected articles

Journal library

  • Carolyn J. Kushner, MD; Shiyu Wang, MS; Napatra Tovanabutra, MD; Donald E. Tsai, MD, PhD; Victoria P. Werth, MD; Aimee S. Payne, MD,PhD, Factors Associated With Complete Remission After Rituximab Therapy for Pemphigus, JAMADermatol.doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2019, 32-36 Published online October 23, 2019 Download
  • Joost M. Meijer, MD, PhD; Gilles F.H. Diercks, MD, PhD; Emma W.G. deLang, MD; Hendri H. Pas,PhD; Marcel F. Jonkman, MD, PhD, Assessment of Diagnostic Strategy for Early Recognition of Bullous and Non bullous Variants of Pemphigoid, JAMADermatol.doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.43-90 Published online January 9,2019  Download
  • Stefan Beissert, MD; Thomas Werfel, MD; Uta Frieling, MD; Markus Böhm, MD; Michael Sticherling, MD; Rudolf Stadler, MD; Detlef Zillikens, MD; Berthold Rzany, MD; Nicolas Hunzelmann, MD; Michael Meurer, MD; Harald Gollnick, MD; Thomas Ruzicka, MD; Hans Pillekamp, MD; Volker Junghans, MD; Gisela Bonsmann, MD; Thomas A. Luger, MD, A Comparison of Oral Methylprednisolone Plus Azathioprine or Mycophenolate Mofetil for the Treatment of Bullous Pemphigoid, Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(12):1536-1542. doi:10.1001/archderm.143.12.1536.  Download
  • S. Jolles, A review of high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin (hdIVIg) in the treatment of the autoimmune blistering disorders, National Institute for Medical Research, Division of Cellular Immunology, Mill Hill, UK   Download
  • Pascal Joly, M.D., Ph.D., Hugo Mouquet, Ph.D., Jean-Claude Roujeau, M.D., Michel D’incan, M.D., Ph.D., Daniele Gilbert, Ph.D., Serge Jacquot, M.D., Ph.D Marie-Lise Gougeon, Ph.D., Christophe Bedane, M.D., Ph.D., Ralf Muller, Ph.D., Brigitte Dreno, M.D Ph.D., Marie-Sylvie Doutre, M.D., Ph.D., Emmanuel Delaporte, M.D., Ph.D., Christine Pauwels, M.D Nathalie Franck, M.D., Frederic Caux, M.D., Ph.D Catherine Picard, M.D., Ph.D., Emmanuelle Tancrede-Bohin, M.D., Philippe Bernard, M.D., Ph.D., Francois Tran, M.D., Ph.D., Michael Hertl, M.D., Ph.D., and Philippe Musette, M.D., Ph.D., A Single Cycle of Rituximab for the Treatment of Severe Pemphigus, N Engl J Med 2007;357:545-52. Download
  • Z. Ren,1 D. Hsu,1 J. Brieva1 and J. I. Silverberg1,2,3 Departments of 1Dermatology; 2Preventive Medicine; and 3Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA, Association between climate, pollution and hospitalization for pemphigus in the USA, Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, doi:10.1111/ced.13650 Download

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