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June 1998

Oral Mucosa Is Frequently Affected in Patients With Dermatitis Herpetiformis

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(6):756-758. doi:

Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is a lifelong itching, blistering skin disease. Most patients have an associated gluten-sensitive enteropathy or coeliac disease (CDL)1 characterized histologically by duodenal and jejunal atrophy. It is well established that DH may affect the oral mucosa as well.2,3 According to previous reports,1,3 oral lesions are found in 1% to 10% of patients with DH, but Fraser and coworkers3 reported oral lesions in 70% of patients. In the present study, oral changes in DH were assessed.