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February 1976

Management of Pemphigus With Gold Compounds: A Long-Term Follow-Up Report

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Fla (Drs. Penneys and Eaglstein) and the Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai Hospital, Miami Beach, Fla (Dr. Frost).

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(2):185-187. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630260013004

• Fourteen of 15 patients with pemphigus have responded successfully to systemically administered gold therapy for up to four years. Eight of the 15 (56%) are in remission, requiring no therapy (mean, 21 months). The remaining seven patients are receiving maintenance systemic gold therapy. Only one instance of toxicity was seen during maintenance therapy. The high remission rate associated with gold therapy and the infrequent side-effects during maintenance therapy suggest that systemically given gold therapy may be the treatment of choice for the management of pemphigus, following initial therapy with corticosteroids when necessary.

(Arch Dermatol 112:185-187, 1976)

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