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J UOEH. 2001 Mar 1;23(1):59-67.

[A case of pemphigus foliaceus associated with bullous impetigo successfully treated with tetracycline and nicotinamide].

[Article in Japanese]

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Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan, Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu 807-8555, Japan.


A 50-year-old Japanese woman visited our clinic, complaining of generalized erythema with painful erosions and bullae. The histopathological findings of the skin lesion suggested development of impetigo. Gentamycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was detected by the bacterial culture examination from the impetiginous bullae. A direct immunofluorescence study of the lesion showed an intercellular deposition of IgG and C3 in the upper epidermis. We diagnosed this case as pemphigus foliaceus associated with bullous impetigo. A combined oral administration of tetracycline (200 mg/day) and nicotinamide (1200 mg/day) for 3 weeks was successful. In Japan, patients with moderate to severe symptoms of pemphigus foliaceus are usually treated with oral steroid therapy. To our knowledge, however, there is no reported pemphigus case which has been successfully treated only with tetracycline and nicotinamide.

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