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December 1980

Treatment of Dermatitis Herpetiformis With Colchicine

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology (Drs Silvers and Juhlin) and Pathology (Dr Silvers), the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University; and the Department of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine (Dr Berczeller), New York; and the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Dr McSorley).

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(12):1373-1374. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640360047016

• Oral colchicine therapy was used successfully in the treatment of three patients with dermatitis herpetiformis, although the degree of disease control varied. The condition of a fourth patient did not improve. A trial of colchicine is suggested when conventional therapy with dapsone or sulfapyridine is contraindicated or when a gluten-free diet cannot be employed.

(Arch Dermatol 116:1373-1374, 1980)