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Aug 2011

Gluten-Free Diet in Patients With Dermatitis Herpetiformis: Not Only a Matter of Skin

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medical and Surgical Critical Care, Section of Dermatology (Drs Antiga, Caproni, Pierini, Bonciani, and Fabbri) and Department of Clinical Physiopathology (Dr Antiga), University of Florence, Florence, Italy.

Arch Dermatol. 2011;147(8):988-989. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.221

We read with interest the article by Paek et al,1 a retrospective cohort of 86 patients with dermatitis herpetiformis (DH). The authors reported that 10 patients experienced remission (12%), defined as “absence of skin lesions and symptoms of DH for more than 2 years while not taking [medical agents] and not adhering to a gluten-free diet. ”1(p301)