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July 1952

PEMPHIGUS VULGARIS: A Clinical and Laboratory Study

Author Affiliations


From the Division of Dermatology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Henry E. Michelson, Director.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1952;66(1):49-58. doi:10.1001/archderm.1952.01530260052004

A SERIES of laboratory studies were conducted on 19 patients with pemphigus vulgaris at the Dermatology Service of the University of Minnesota. Six of the patients were women and 13 were men. Eight were born in the United States, three in Sweden, two in Norway, one in Finland, and one in Russia. There was only one Jew, and he was American-born. The patients included two with acute pemphigus, one with pemphigus foliaceus, one with pemphigus vegetans, and one with pemphigus erythematosus. To date six have improved. There were six deaths in the group. The apparent prolongation of life expectancy in the others was discussed elsewhere.1

The laboratory findings are taken up separately. In the accompanying tables the blood levels of only a few of the patients are listed. This is done for clarification and in order to show principally those levels determined at comparable times for the same