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March 1971

True Childhood Pemphigus: Pemphigus Foliaceus in an 18-Month-Old Child: Immunofluorescence as a Diagnostic Aid

Am J Dis Child. 1971;121(3):253-256. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02100140119017

With the advent of new, confirmatory immunofluorescent techniques, the diagnosis of childhood pemphigus will be made with increasing frequency. We document the case of the youngest pemphigus patient reported, review the modern diagnostic techniques, and differentiate childhood pemphigus from similar appearing dermatoses. In an attempt to dispel nosologic confusion, the current classification of pemphigus is presented, along with a plea to discard the term "pemphigus neonatorum."