• Fourteen of 15 patients with pemphigus have responded successfully to systemically administered gold therapy for up to four years. Eight of the 15 (56%) are in remission, requiring no therapy (mean, 21 months). The remaining seven patients are receiving maintenance systemic gold therapy. Only one instance of toxicity was seen during maintenance therapy. The high remission rate associated with gold therapy and the infrequent side-effects during maintenance therapy suggest that systemically given gold therapy may be the treatment of choice for the management of pemphigus, following initial therapy with corticosteroids when necessary.
(Arch Dermatol 112:185-187, 1976)
Penneys NS, Eaglstein WH, Frost P. Management of Pemphigus With Gold CompoundsA Long-Term Follow-Up Report. Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(2):185-187. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630260013004