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July 1984

Pediatric Pemphigus Vulgaris: Treatment With Topical Adrenal Steroids

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, Tex (Dr Hempstead), and the Department of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey (Dr Marks).

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(7):962-963. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650430152029

Pemphigus is an autoimmune blistering disease affecting the skin and mucous membranes. It is most commonly seen in middle to old age, with a mean age of onset in the sixth decade. With the exception of an anecdotal report from Budapest,1 claiming a high incidence of pemphigus vulgaris in children, most authors have pointed out that all forms of pemphigus rarely occur in childhood and adolescence.2-4

We describe a 13-year-old girl with pemphigus vulgaris confined to the mouth. She was treated only with topical corticosteroids. High-dose corticosteroid therapy with or without immunosuppressive agents may not be necessary in all cases of pediatric pemphigus vulgaris.

Report of a Case  A 13-year-old girl was seen in the dermatology clinic with a two-year history of painful, eroded gingival, lingual, and buccal mucosal lesions. Several dentists had remarked about the friability of her gums; however, dental braces had been fitted uneventfully. She

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