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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Sep;1173:203-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04737.x.

Autoimmune bullous dermatoses: a review.

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Internal Medicine 2 Department, Hospital Santa Maria/Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.


Bullous dermatoses are a variety of autoimmune skin diseases that are characterized by the presence of bullae or blisters. Most of these diseases are associated with substantial morbidity, and a few may result in death. Although most general approaches to the treatment and diagnosis of these entities are similar, the diagnosis of the specific disease is important, because the most appropriate dosage and timing of some commonly used medications vary considerably. The review covers the management of main autoimmune bullous dermatoses, including bullous pemphigoid and pemphigus vulgaris, linear IgA dermatosis, dermatitis herpetiformis, and bullous systemic lupus erythematosus.

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