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July 1977

Pemphigus Vegetans of HallopeauImmunofluorescent Studies

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Tex (Drs Nelson, Apisarnthanarax, and Mullins), and the Department of Dermatology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston (Dr. Bean).

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(7):942-945. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640070076011

• Immunofluorescent techniques were used in the study of tissue from a patient with pemphigus vegetans of Hallopeau. The findings were typical of pemphigus, confirming the propriety of classifying this entity as a benign variant of pemphigus, rather than a disease of purely microbial etiology. The question is raised whether other types of vegetating pyodermas actually are separate diseases or represent a spectrum of pemphigus with the clinical appearance dependent on the patient's immunity to his disease. Immunofluorescent studies are proposed as a basis for classification.

(Arch Dermatol 113:942-945, 1977)