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August 1982

Dermatomyositis and Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology Service, Kimbrough Army Hospital, Fort Meade, Md (Dr White), and the Rheumatology Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC (Dr Tesar). Dr White is now in private practice in Bethesda, Md.

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(8):599-601. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650200067020

• Primary hypothyroidism, dermatomyositis, dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), and Sjögren's syndrome developed sequentially, over a 20-year period, in a 67-year-old woman. The principal manifestations of her illness were periodic and simultaneous exacerbations of dermatomyositis and DH. Her histocompatability antigens were A1,B8, a haplotype associated with autoimmune diseases. We suggest that this unusual disease complex has a genetic basis.

(Arch Dermatol 1982;118:599-601)